Published: Sunday, January 8, 2023 4:30 pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 9, 2023 10:00 am
Morgan Hill is experiencing significant flooding throughout town, especially near Little Llagas and Fisher Creeks. It is critical that for all those west of Monterey Road, if you can avoid driving and stay home, please do.
We hope you are staying dry and safe through the storms. With the additional rain we have received this weekend, and in preparation for an even more impactful storm moving in tomorrow and Tuesday, City teammates are collaborating with Valley Water with the common goal of minimizing the impact on our community members with a concentrated concern on our vulnerable populations and high flooding risk areas.
Santa Clara County, Office of Emergency Management, has issued a flood warning for the watershed areas of Uvas Reservoir, including those living:
- South of Uvas Reservoir, including Thousand Trails and Uvas Pines RV Park
- South of Sycamore Drive and Watsonville Road
- Homes south of Lions Peak Lane
- South of Day Road and Geri Lane
- Watsonville Road and HWY 152
What does this mean? A flood warning is a notification to the community to prepare for the possibility of an evacuation. Please plan what route you will take and where you will go, gather necessary documents, pets, and other essential belongings, and ensure you are signed up to receive emergency notifications via AlertSCC.
What We Are Doing
The Public Services team is proactively pumping water from various areas to expand capacity in the City and flushing storm drains where issues occur. We are also working with Valley Water to ensure maximum flow is available in their storm facilities. Valley Water is proactively sending out flood warning information to potentially impacted neighborhoods, and we are amplifying their messaging through our social media channels. The major flood zones we have experienced have pre-staged signs and barricades ready for quick use to notify the community of road closures or hazardous areas.
Our Police and Fire Departments are monitoring senior developments and mobile home parks. Additionally, our Police, Fire, and Housing teams are contacting unhoused individuals in the field and handing out emergency backpacks and shelter information. VTA continues to offer free rides to warming centers. Both the Police and Communications teams are providing relevant and timely updates on storm preparation and response tips.
To track National Weather Service storm updates, go to https://www.weather.gov/mtr/.
Community Resources and Information
Report Flooding 24 Hours a Day
Report non-emergency flooding issues to the City of Morgan Hill by calling or texting (669) 286-0315 24 hours a day or by calling (408) 776-7333 during business hours. Non-emergency police issues can be reported at (408) 779-2101. Please be sure to use 911 only in cases of emergency.
There are two sandbag stations in Morgan Hill. One near the El Toro Fire Station, at the intersection of Old Monterey and Monterey Roads, and the City's Corporation yard, 100 Edes Court. Staff is monitoring sandbag supply levels and replenishing them as needed. Some City-provided shovels are available for your use, but you may want to bring a shovel.
The Morgan Hill Library, 660 W. Main Ave, and the Centennial Recreation Center (CRC), 171 W. Edmundson Ave. (behind AutoZone on Monterey Rd.) will be open during regular business hours as warming centers. The VTA will continue to provide free rides to County warming centers; learn more here at emergencymanagement.sccgov.org/residents/cold-weather-safety.
Power outages are possible as a result; if they occur, please be patient, as crews will be working on power restorations while balancing emergency responses to other storm needs. PG&E customers may view and report outages here https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/outagecenter.
Stay Informed and Connected
Be aware of current and forecast conditions and monitor changes in the weather forecast. Get notifications from the City via AlertSCC, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Nextdoor, and the Police Department’s Facebook.
For more information on preparing for flooding, visit Valley Water's website at: https://www.valleywater.org/flooding-safety/flood-ready.
We are stronger when we work together as a community. Take care of yourself. Please help those in need. Be well and be safe, Morgan Hill – We're in this together.