Flood Preparedness

Flood Preparedness

Please note: Important storm, flood and sandbag information will be noted here. Please check back for current updates or sign up for wireless and email alerts.

Are You Ready for Storm Season?

Before Mother Nature brings on the rain we so desperately need, be sure you're prepared. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Help keep storm drains free of leaves and debris during rains, and put leaves and other yard debris in your Organics container (Green Cart). The City will provide extra leaf sweeps as needed during the fall. 
  • If your property has a history of flooding, purchase sand and sandbags at a hardware or home improvement store—before the storm hits. Be prepared for the worst, as only a limited number of sandbags may be available at City's Corporation Yard in anticipation of heavy rainfall and severe, widespread flooding. 
  • Report storm-related hazards to the City or your utility provider. Contact the City about flooding, high creek levels, fallen trees or limbs, clogged storm drains or culverts, traffic signals or street lights out, street signs down, or downed power lines.
  • Most importantly, stay away from downed or sagging power lines, streetlights, or traffic signals, and any debris that might be entangled with them—they could be deadly!

Report roadway hazards to 3005, downed power lines to SMUD or by calling 911.

If your property has a history of flooding or standing water each year (such as water building up at the garage or back patio for example), you are encouraged to get sandbags in advance of the rainy season and have them on hand throughout the winter. Sandbags and sand are available, inexpensively, at most hardware and home improvement stores.

Information about sandbag distribution can be found on the Sandbag Distribution webpage.

Additional information for flood control:

Emergency Contact Numbers

Utility agencies have personnel to handle emergency calls 24 hours a day.

Storm Drain Flooding or Malfunctioning Traffic Signals or Street Lights
Public Works (24-hour service number) (916) 687-3005
Broken Water Lines
Elk Grove Water Service (916) 685-3556
Sacramento County Water Agency (916) 875-7246
Broken Sanitary Sewer Lines
Sacramento County - Daytime number (916) 875-6730
Sacramento County - After hours (916) 875-5000
General Emergency Numbers
Police/Fire Emergency  911
Elk Grove Police Department (Non-Emergency) (916) 714-5115
SMUD (888) 456-7683
Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Department (916) 405-7100
Caltrans (530) 741-5474
PG&E 24-hour Emergency and Customer Service (800) 743-5000
PG&E 24-hour Power Outage Information (800) 743-5002

Report hazards to your utility provider or by calling 911.