San Jose: Post-Storm Cleanup Continues with Public’s Help
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The recent series of atmospheric rivers that slammed San José and the greater Bay Area left our streets battered and messy. Rain and wind toppled trees, punctured our pavement, and deposited debris. Requests for service involving fallen trees increased ten times over what we would get in a typical storm, and nearly 70 times over a typical day's requests. Pothole repair requests have increased by about five times over a typical day.

Now that the skies have cleared, we have gotten to work cleaning up the mess and fixing what broke. The same dedicated crews who were working through the storm are now on the lookout for debris and damage. They're surveying known hotspots and noting issues as they travel between work sites.

But San José is a very large city. We have roughly 2,500 miles of streets spread across 180 square miles. That's why we need your help spotting and reporting issues!

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For storm-related issues, please call us immediately at 408-794-1900 to get the fastest response:
  • Trees or tree branches blocking the street, bike lane, or sidewalk*
  • Potholes
  • Buildup of debris in bike lanes  
  • Broken traffic signals
  • Clogged storm drains
  • Sewage or standing water in the street
  • Debris slides or slope failures onto city streets and roads

*Tree care and maintenance is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. Our inspectors may also note other issues that need to be addressed by the property owner, such as uplifted sidewalks.

You can also help clean up and prevent future storm-related problems. Property owners should keep their gutters clear of leaves and other debris. Sweep up yard trimmings that remain behind after your weekly green waste collection; don't pile them back up. Instead, save them for next week's collection. This keeps leaves from clogging downstream storm inlets.

Together, we'll get San José picked up and patched quickly!

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