Protect Homes and Property
By Supervisor Karen Mitchoff, Contra Costa County, District IV
Late November, I participated
in a press conference with Contra Costa County Public Works and Flood Control
staff. This was an opportunity to inform the community about current projects
the county is working on as well as share details on how people can protect
their homes and property during the rainy season.
Public Works crews are still managing repairs
and the aftermath of torrential rains that caused so much damage throughout the
East Bay earlier this year. Last winter, large storms led to a landslide
on Morgan Territory Road that ultimately caused the county to close the roadway.
A temporary access was developed, the slide was repaired, and the roadway was
reopened in November.
We encourage residents to prepare their property.
Determine where you may have excess water on your property and obtain sandbags if
needed. Clean your gutters and ditches now to ensure water can flow with no
obstructions. Also, look at drainage inlets in the roadway in front of your
property. We ask that residents take a proactive approach in keeping the inlets
open and flowing if it is safe. County staff will clean these but cannot be at
every inlet during a storm. Please assist by cleaning off leaves and trash that
block the flow of storm water entering the inlets.
The county has six sandbag filling stations that
are accessible to residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All cities
within the county also have sandbag locations. Locations for these sandbag
stations can be found on our website at www.cccounty.us/sandbags
. Please note
that you will need to bring a shovel but bags and sand are available for free. You
can find additional information at our Flood Control District’s website:
. There is a video that
demonstrates how to properly fill a sandbag. One big mistake we see is people filling
bags completely, thinking more is better. It is best to fill sandbags 1/3 full,
which is about three shovels worth of sand.
Information regarding winter preparedness, rain
and stream gauges, and flood forecasting is also available on Flood Control's
website. Rainfall and stream flow information can be found at
and the award-winning “Flood Forecasting Tool” and
video at www.cccounty.us/1578
Our crews can respond to emergencies day and
night. If you have flooding concerns, see a downed tree blocking a road or other
emergency, please contact our maintenance division at (925)