The Town of Danville has proclaimed a local emergency due to severe storms expected this week, following flooding and mudslides after the unprecedented storm on December 31. Acting in the capacity of Director of Emergency Services, Town Manager Joe Calabrigo signed the proclamation just before noon, and it will expire at noon on January 10. The local emergency proclamation allows the town greater flexibility to contract for and procure supplies for more expedient disaster response.
The New Year's Eve atmospheric river storm brought rains as well as strong winds. The Town has deployed all available maintenance staff and contractors for clean-up ahead of a second atmospheric river storm expected January 4. Crews have been able to re-open roadways after clearing thick mud from flooded areas. Town engineers are also out along Diablo Road between Fairway Drive and Alameda Diablo, where the storm caused erosion along the eastbound side of the road. There is also a downed tree blocking Alameda Diablo (within the unincorporated community of Diablo). At this time, Diablo Road is open to one-way traffic only, and as soon as the tree is cleared from Alameda Diablo, Diablo Road will close fully to complete temporary repairs. Motorists should avoid the area, and only local travel will be permitted on the detour route.
While Town maintenance staff regularly inspect and clear creeks and storm inlets managed by the Town, the creek system in Danville is managed by a combination of private homeowners and Contra Costa County. Residents are encouraged to take time before the upcoming storm to clear drains on or near their property. Additional preparedness steps can be found at contracosta.ca.gov/floodprep, and information about private creek maintenance can be found at www.contracosta.ca.gov/5754/Private-Creek-Maintenance.
Regular maintenance by the Town and County ensured that the creek system flowed smoothly, but the sheer volume of rain caused existing systems to overflow. With nearly 5 inches of rain in 24 hours, the creeks and drainage systems were overwhelmed. Crews are assessing Town-maintained creeks and the nearly 4,700 Town-maintained storm drain inlets.
The Town provided nearly 5,000 sandbags during and after the New Year’s Eve storm, and while supplies across the Bay Area are in high demand, the Town has worked steadily with contractors to replenish the sandbag station. An additional 5,000 bags and additional sand are available 24/7 at the Town Maintenance Center, 1000 Sherburne Hills Road, off of Camino Tassajara next to the Town of Danville Post Office. The sandbag station is experiencing long lines before the upcoming storm, and any community volunteers who would like to assist in filling bags are welcome.
Here are some local agency and utility contacts for Danville residents:
- Emergency: Please report any urgent safety-related concerns to the Police Department at 925-820-2144. For life-threatening emergencies, please call 911.
- To request non-urgent assistance for clean-up or other concerns, residents can contact Danville Maintenance Services at 925-314-3450 or use the Town’s online reporting site at www.danville.ca.gov/danvilleconnect.
- For assistance with County-maintained or privately-maintained creeks, residents can call County Public Works 925-313-7000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To check on local power outages or receive alerts, visit www.pge.com/outagealerts.
- Please continue to monitor ongoing weather events through the National Weather Service Bay Area page: www.weather.gov/mtr.