During the summer, crews assist in maintaining channels, canals and creeks by removing weeds and debris that can impede water flow during winter storms.
We inspect and maintain floodgates throughout the City. We also inspect and maintain drainage inlets, pumps and generators, which are vital tools to removing water from our streets and discharging storm water into our local waterways.
We prepare by storing materials close to floodgates or areas prone to flooding. Not only does this provide easy access to materials when needed, but also it helps City crews to open a sandbag station within two hours of being instructed to do so.
We hold drills to rehearse floodgate closures to ensure that we can quickly get them closed in an emergency.
We prune the City’s 100,000 public trees on a 10-year cycle and respond promptly to calls about trees that may pose a safety hazard.
During a storm event, extra crews are on-call after hours responding to hundreds of calls to 311.