Bayfront Canal Update

The City of Redwood City, the County of San Mateo, City of Menlo Park and Town of Atherton are collaborating on flood protection measures within the Bayfront Canal and Atherton Channel Watershed

The City of Redwood City recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the County of San Mateo, City of Menlo Park and Town of Atherton to collaborate on flood protection measures within the Bayfront Canal and Atherton Channel Watershed. The County is the lead agency for this project and the County has now hired the consultants to begin the planning, design and to obtain the necessary regulatory permits for the project. Due to capacity constraints in the Bayfront Canal, this area frequently floods into the mobile home parks on East Bayshore Road. The Bayfront Canal and Atherton Channel Flood Improvement Project intends to reduce the frequent flooding events that occur in the Bayfront Canal area by diverting storm flows to new wetlands being restored in the San Francisco Bay at the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge. For more details on this project, go here

City Minimizes Flooding During Storm Season

In addition, the City of Redwood City’s Public Works Services Department undertakes several preventative and maintenance activities each year to minimize flooding during storm season in low lying areas. Preventative measures include clearing debris from waterways like the Bayfront Canal. These efforts were completed earlier this fall, well in advance of storm season. Sandbags are also available to the public through the rainy season. The sandbag station, located at 1400 Broadway Street, is open for residents to fill their own sandbags.

Storm Preparedness Tips

The community is encouraged to take precautions and prepare for the upcoming storm season. Here are some tips on how you and your neighbors can be storm ready:

1. Clear gutters and catch basins of debris and leaves. Help keep our creeks and Bay clean by never dumping into a catch basin.

2. Build a Storm Kit. Keep needed emergency supplies in your home, at work, and in your car and discuss emergency plans with your family.

3. Have plywood, plastic sheeting, and other emergency building materials available in advance and keep handy for waterproofing.

4. Know your flood zone designation and your specific flood hazard. Obtain flood insurance if you are in a high-risk flood area. Homeowner insurance policies don’t cover flood damage.

5. Sign-up for Emergency Alerts and Notifications here.

For more information about storm related activities, go here.