Yesterday afternoon's sunny skies were nothing more than a calm before the storm -- literally. We're now bracing for a second, more powerful rainstorm this evening, which could cause mild flooding in parts of the Bay Area.
The city earlier this week issued advice to residents on prepping for these storms; crews have been placing sandbags near Folsom and 17th streets, a low-lying area in San Francisco. In addition, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission crews have been removing sand from Ocean Beach after a stormwater discharge closed the beach last week.
A third, more powerful storm is expected to roll through the region on Saturday, dumping the most rain of all three storms. When it's all said and done, the area could see up to 12 inches of rain in the coastal areas.
Since early this week, crews have been inspecting and cleaning catch basins throughout San Francisco, and advising residents to do sweep debris around their homes and businesses.
If you are worried about flooding, you can head over to the Department of Public Works and grab some sandbags. Each household is allowed up to 10 sandbags, but proof of residency is required. Sandbags can be picked up at the Operations Yard at 2323 Cesar Chavez St.
Otherwise, just relax and watch the rain fall. Call the City's Customer Service Center at 311 to report clogged storm drains and catch basins, flooding emergencies, and sewer backups as well as for information about DPW's free sandbag program.