Severe Weather Preparations
Winter is fast approaching, and with it the possibility of severe weather conditions. Flooding can be an issue in many cities in Northern California, including Martinez. Alhambra Creek, which flows from the watershed south of the City, is a major tributary that from time to time is subjected to flooding. Two branches of the creek merge near an area on Alhambra Avenue, north of Highway 4, which has caused significant flooding in recent times.
Fortunately, much of the flooding problem in the downtown area has been mitigated by the large flood control project completed in 2001. Normal runoff during heavy rainstorms can cause localized flooding in other City locations. All residents should be prepared for the winter season by making certain that any drainage areas around their residence are clear of obstructions; if storm drains appear to be clogged, the City’s Public Works Department should be notified about the blockage at (925) 372-3580. Additionally, the City will continue to supply sandbags and sand to residents free of charge at various strategic points throughout Martinez should they need them. This year, through the coordinated efforts of the Flood Control Task Force appointed by the Martinez City Council, the sandbag locations have been expanded to include Highland Park, located at the far east end of the downtown area; the Kiwanis Club, located at the intersection of Allen and Ferry Streets; the area behind the Municipal Pool, which is located at the end of Buckley Street; Nancy Boyd Park, off of Church Street; and the end of F Street, above the Alhambra High School parking lot. Sandbags will also be available at the Martinez Police Department, 525 Henrietta Street. The sand stockpile locations will also be improved by having simply filling stations constructed at each location, along with laminated sandbagging instructions. As always, citizens are responsible for transporting and filling the sandbags. During severe and inclement weather, stay tuned to local weather broadcasts and also the City of Martinez’s emergency broadcast station, 530 AM.
Be sure to check out the Disaster Preparedness booth at the Main Street Plaza on Friday, December 1st, from 3 to 7 p.m. The booth is scheduled to coincide with the family events in Downtown Martinez such as the Snow Park and Children's Light Parade. American Disaster Supply and the City's Flood Control Task Force will provide valuable information to residents and visitors on how to prepare for emergency situations at home.