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Rain's here and cities help residents prepare for possible flooding

Gusty winds and rain expected through the weekend

Tri-Valley cities are gearing up for possible flooding with a wet weekend in store, making sandbags available for residents.

A special statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for the area, warning of heavy rain and gusty winds that are expected to continue through the weekend.

Pleasanton residents and businesses concerned about flooding can pick up free sandbags at the City of Pleasanton Service Center, located at 3333 Busch Road in Pleasanton.

The sandbags can be picked up at anytime, and are located in the parking lot under a tarp. The sandbags are for Pleasanton residents only and are not available to contractors seeking sandbags for work sites.

Sandbags are available on the honor system, and residents and businesses are encouraged to limit their take to 10 sandbags each.

City crews prepare in advance of the rainy season to clear culverts and drains, and residents are encouraged to clear leaves from neighborhood drains as a part of this effort. Operations Services crews spend six weeks implementing an annual leaf pick-up program in advance of the rainy season.

Those who see flooded areas should call the Operations Services Department between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 931-5500. Flooding should be reported to the Police Department at 931-5100 on weekends, holidays and during the regular work week, Monday through Friday, between 3:30 p.m. and 7 a.m.

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