(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)

City gears up for Thursday’s big storm

A storm heading to San Francisco Thursday is expected to bring more than an inch of rain to the area, accompanied by strong winds that could reach 35 miles per hour. It’s ill-timed; the king tides are also hitting the California coast this week, with flooding of low-lying areas predicted.

To prepare, the City is deploying its resources to prepare for fallen trees, flooding and the rising tides.

SEE RELATED: Major storm, king tides could cause flooding in SF

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) crews have been clearing hundreds of street drains that are clogged with trash or other debris. They will also be installing temporary interlocking plastic flood barriers along 17th and Folsom Streets Wednesday night; an area that has been identified as low-lying area with an increased flood risk.

San Francisco Public Works is deploying a bigger arborist crew starting at 4:00 a.m. Thursday morning to deal with any fallen branches or trees.

Last but not least, “Storm Watch” crews proactively monitor low-lying areas of the City that are prone to flooding, even in the middle of the night.

SEE RELATED: ‘Extreme’ king tides expected through Friday

For those residents who are worried about their personal property, 10 free sandbags are available per household from Public Works. Sandbags can be retrieved Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Public Works’ operations yard, at the Marin Street/Kansas Street gate. Bring a proof of address to qualify.

The rain will begin Wednesday night, and is expected to peak Thursday afternoon. ““Be patient, leave early if you can, and expect a likely longer commute Thursday,” said Steve Anderson, a meteorologist with the weather service.

If you spot a downed tree or severely clogged storm drain, call 311 to make a report.

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