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Sacramento To Close Natomas, Del Paso Floodgates

City of Sacramento / Courtesy

City of Sacramento / Courtesy

With the threat of several inches of rain this weekend, the City of Sacramento will begin the process of closing the Del Paso Boulevard floodgates between Railroad Drive and Northgate Boulevard Saturday morning. 

The city departments of Public Works and Utilities typically close the gates when the water reaches 23.5 feet at the bridge on Northgate Boulevard and Garden highway.

Del Paso is a primary floodgate that is closed due to localized flooding. The floodgate requires two hours for city workers to assemble.

In addition to Del Paso Boulevard, Northgate Boulevard will be closed between Garden Highway and Del Paso Boulevard. 

The gates are part of a network of 15 that are designed to close openings in levees that are used by vehicle traffic during dry times of the year.

Sandbags are available in Sacramento: 
  • The North Area Corporation Yard, located at 918 Del Paso Road.
  • South Area Corporate Yard, located at 5730 24th Street.
The city of Sacramento published the following tips:
  • In case of an emergency, the city encourages residents to register with the emergency alerts notification system.
  • Check out Flood Ready for more information, and learn how to have an emergency plan in place. You can also visit Sacramento Ready for more information on how you can prepare your family and community for a flooding disaster.
  • The drought has impacted the health and structural conditions of many trees. As part of routine maintenance, it is important to have a certified arborist inspect trees for any potential issues. In high winds and wet weather, fallen trees or broken tree branches can seriously damage property.
  • Limit leaf disposal on the street. During Leaf Season, customers are encouraged to fill their yard waste container FIRST before putting leaves on the street for collection. If a storm is expected, put your leaves on the lawn until it is closer to your anticipated collection day. If you have a pile of leaves on the street, please use a broom to ensure that water can flow down the gutter and that storm drain inlets are not plugged.
  • The Front Street Shelter urges pet owners to protect pets from the elements, have dry bedding and make sure your fence lines are secure.
  • High river levels are expected in many areas of the Sacramento County Regional Park system. As a result, many areas will be closed along the American and Dry Creek Parkways. County Park Rangers will be contacting people in and around the Parkway on Wednesday, Jan. 4, and Thursday, Jan. 5, in areas prone to flooding, advising people to seek higher ground in order to remain safe during the storm.
  • If there is street flooding that is not eased by moving leaves off a drain grate, trees down, street signs, streetlights or traffic signals out, visit the City’s on-line request tool at Sac311.org or call 311. The City has crews 24/7 to respond to requests.
  • With the gusty winds, localized power outages are possible as outdoor decorations, tree limbs and patio furniture are carried into power lines.  Power outages should be reported to SMUD 1-888-456-SMUD (7683).  If you see a downed power line, DO NOT TOUCH IT, call 911. 

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