Prepare your household and clean on and around your property as needed. Call 911 for downed power lines. Call 311 to report clogged drains or fallen trees.
With rains and winds expected through January 16, help keep Berkeley safe by doing your part to reduce flooding in your neighborhood and by reporting downed power lines, clogged drains, fallen trees, and other storm-related issues.
While official forecasts can change day to day, the outlook for Berkeley includes some periods of strong gusts. A National Weather Service flood watch is in effect for the Bay Area through 4pm on January 16.
The combination of wind with drenched soil increases the risk of downed trees, which could lead to power outages as well.
Prepare, stay alert, use extra caution on roads, and report issues.
- If your property has a history of flooding, sandbags used effectively can help divert the path of water. A limited number of sandbags are available to Berkeley residents and businesses on a first-come first-served basis:
City's Corporation Yard
1326 Allston Way
Monday—Friday, 8 am - 4 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am – 3pm
Bring ID or a business card.
- Report downed power lines to 911. If you see damaged power lines or electrical equipment, call 9-1-1 immediately, then notify PG&E by calling 1-800-743-5002. Do not touch or drive over a downed power line.
- Call 311 or key city lines to report clogged storm drains, fallen trees that block roads or other storm damage. After hours, you can also call these numbers:
- 510-981-6620, for clogged storm drains, flooding, lights or traffic signals
- 510-981-6660, to report downed trees
We expect high call volumes. If you have issues unrelated to the storm, try to keep phone lines free by reporting issues via email, firstname.lastname@example.org or our Report & Pay Tool.
Prepare your households for winter storms
Other significant storms may lie ahead. Protect your home from possible flooding by taking steps to prepare in advance:
- Clean on and around your property as needed: gutters, rain downspouts, driveways, and culverts. Remove trash and debris around fences and gardens, and clear basement drains.
- Check submersible pumps and sump pumps to make sure they are operating properly.
- Keep flashlights and spare batteries on hand in case of a power failure.
Stay safe during power outages
Storm damage to power lines may cause outages. Stay informed by signing up to get outage alerts from PG&E for your address by text, email, or phone. PG&E also has an online outage map, which is updated every 15 minutes.
If you experience a power outage, unplug or turn off all electrical appliances to avoid overloading circuits and to prevent fire hazards when power is restored. Leave a single lamp on to alert you when power returns. Turn your appliances back on one at a time when conditions return to normal. If you are driving and encounter a signal that is out, treat it as a 4-way stop.
Help clean storm drains
City crews will be working throughout the storm to address storm-related calls, but you can help reduce flooding by examining the storm drains near you.
You can use simple tools like a rake and garbage bags to remove debris from storm drains, a network that helps quickly remove surface water from our streets.
Fallen leaves and other debris can always accumulate, despite year-round efforts to maintain, inspect and clean and repair the approximately 7,000 storm drains.
Learn more about how you can clean out storm drains near you on our Adopt-a-Drain storm drain program, where you can sign up to be a regular volunteer.
With the storm expected to bring heavy rain and winds, help keep your household and our community safe by reporting issues and doing your part to reduce flooding in your neighborhood.
Update: January 13, 2023: Message revised with updated forecast and weekend hours for sandbags collection for Berkeley residents and merchants.
Update, January 9, 2023: This message was updated to include the latest weather forecast as of 1pm.
- Winter Storm Preparedness (City of Berkeley)
- PG&E Outage alerts
- Report & Pay Tool (City of Berkeley)
- Adopt a Drain (City of Berkeley)