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City of San Diego encourages residents to prepare for flooding, stormwater

Rain on a windshield in San Diego, Calif. Sept. 9, 2022.
Nic McVicker
Rain on a windshield in San Diego, Calif. Sept. 9, 2022.

The city of San Diego is gearing up for this week's rainstorm by taking a series of protective measures, while also urging residents to take action to safeguard their homes, especially those in flood- prone areas.

On Monday, the city's Stormwater Department began placing temporary "no parking" signs in low-lying or flood-risk areas, cleaning storm drains and inlets with a history of debris buildup, street sweeping to reduce trash and pollutants from entering waterways and monitoring more than 46,000 storm drains citywide for any issues, according to the city.

Officials said San Diego residents can prepare for the rain and help reduce the risk of flooding near their homes and properties by:

  • sweeping and picking up trash, leaves, grass clippings and other debris that collect around storm drains and curb gutters near homes
  • keeping lids securely closed on trash and recycle bins when placing them out on the street for collection and placing each bin approximately two to three feet away from the curb
  • proactively turning off irrigation to save water and minimize runoff
  • knowing the safest routes to and from your home or property should flooding occur
  • slowing down and not driving, riding or walking through flood waters

According to the city, during the rain, crews from the city's storm patrol will be actively monitoring areas throughout the city and responding to incidents such as temporary flooding and downed trees and branches.

Sandbags are also available in limited supply and can be picked up at nine recreation centers located in each City Council district. Residents with identification showing proof of residency can receive up to 10 empty sandbags.

As the sandbags are not pre-filled, residents are encouraged to also plan to buy sand at local hardware stores, landscape suppliers or wherever else sand can be purchased. Sandbags are available at the locations listed below only Monday through Friday from 1 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 2 p.m.

  • Council District 1 - Standley Recreation Center, 3585 Governor Drive
  • Council District 2 - Robb Athletic Field, 2525 Bacon St.
  • Council District 3 - Golden Hill Recreation Center, 2600 Golf Course Drive
  • Council District 4 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 6401 Skyline Drive
  • Council District 5 - Scripps Ranch Recreation Center, 11454 Blue Cypress Drive
  • Council District 6 - North Clairemont Recreation Center, 4421 Bannock Ave.
  • Council District 7 - Allied Gardens Recreation Center, 5155 Greenbrier Ave.
  • Council District 8 - San Ysidro Community Activity Center, 179 Diza Road
  • Council District 9 - City Heights Recreation Center, 4380 Landis St.

Residents can report events, such as flooding or downed trees, by using the Get It Done app or by calling 619-527-7500. If it is a life- threatening emergency, call 911. More information and resources on how to properly prepare before a storm are available on the city's Storm Preparedness page.