Get ready, Lamorinda sandbaggers.
Those who prepare by damming their storm drains and hillsides will watch as a predicted "river of rain" courses through the Bay Area, starting tonight (Tuesday night-Wednesday morning.
Rain is forecast to start, maybe tonight, maybe in the wee hours Wednesday morning, with showers every day through Sunday. And the breezes will swell, too.
High temperatures are expected to reach only the high fifties.
Lafayette city crews are checking storm drains and likely flooding areas. "We have a list of 30 or so City-maintained locations that are checked and cleared, if needed, before a significant storm event, during an event and following the event," wrote Lafayette Public Works Services Manager Ron Lefler in an email. "This occurs primarily during our regular business hours but our contractor has personnel on call 24-hours a day, 7-days a week and will respond any time when called by Police Dispatch. In an emergency we would assist in clearing an obstruction, if possible, from a non-City maintained facility but the property owner would be billed for the cost to the City."
During Public Works' normal business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., residents can call 934-3908, Monday thru Friday. Outside normal business hours or holidays they may should call Police Dispatch, 284-5010. Residents can also call the City Hall front desk during business hours, 284-1968.
The city of Lafayette has two locations where residents can pick up sandbag materials — at Mount Diablo Boulevard and Village Center, and at the Loveland Drive/ Camino Diablo corner of the public works yard. The self-serve sandbag stations are open 24/7 with sand, bags and shovels available. There is a 20-bag per Lafayette residence limit, with additional bags being $5 each.
In Orinda, sandbags are available at two Moraga-Orinda Fire District locations:
- Station 43 — 20 Via Las Cruces (cross street is Charles Hill Road).
- Station 44 — 295 Orchard Road (cross street is Moraga Way).
The fire district phone number is 258-4599.
The storms might also perturb some holiday activities planned, including Saturday, Dec. 1, and the performance of a potentially soggy Moraga Community Chorus at 6:30 p.m. followed by the tree lighting at Moraga Commons at 7:00 p.m.