Significant Storm Heads to Modesto

Forecasts from the National Weather Service are calling for notable changes in the weather for Northern California this week. This first significant storm of the season is expected to bring moderate to heavy rain, as well as significant winds beginning Wednesday and continuing through the weekend. The safety and well-being of our residents is our number one priority and, as a result, when storm events like the one forecasted occur, several City departments work in tandem to prepare and respond.

Below is helpful information regarding City services during storm events:

For life-threatening situations or structural damage, dial 9-1-1.

City Trees: Crews continue to work normal service and maintenance programs and will be on-call throughout the week. To report downed City trees or broken limbs, call the Forestry Division at (209) 342-2253.

Storm Water Drainage: The City’s Storm Water Collections crews respond to reports of street flooding and address problems as they arise. To report flooding on City streets, contact the Storm Water Collection Division’s 24-hour number at (209) 577-6200.

Sand Bags: Sand bags are FREE for Modesto residents by calling the Streets Division at (209) 342-2244. Specific locations and hours of operation for sand bag pick-up may be established if it becomes evident that the storm is severe and the demand is high for sand bags.

As this is the first significant storm of the season and leaves from the trees have yet to fall, tree damage is a possibility. The following are ways to properly dispose of tree limbs or other organic debris that result from storm events:

· Small items can be placed in your green can and be put out on your usual garbage day.

· For street collection, larger items can be placed at the curb in front of your property and should not extend more than three (3) feet into the street and must be at least one foot from the curb.

· For alley collection, larger items can be placed in the alley behind your property and should not extend more than three (3) feet into the alley and must be at least one foot from the fence.

· For a large private tree that has fallen, contact a private tree service to have it cut and cleared in an appropriate manner.