Watch: Rain Water Overflow at East N and East Second Street

City opens Emergency Operations Center to coordinate efforts to combat flooding.

Update: 10:40 a.m.

Below is a summary of current road closures and flooding issues:

Park & Industrial is closed at that intersection.

Park & Bayshore intersection is also closed.

East E blocks 200-500 are closed.

300 East H storm drain is impacted, and Public Works crews are watching
that location.

300-400 East I is closed.

East 2nd, by E Street parking lot, has flooding.

600 West K - PW crews are also monitoring that location.

958 Rose - some flooding at that location.

We've received multiple inquiries from residents for sand bags, and
those are available at the Corporation Yard on 2400 East Second Street.

As a precaution, the Community Center will be open within the next half
hour for folks that may need a dry, warm place to go today.

9:45 a.m.:

The Benicia Emergency Operations Center was opened this morning at Fire Station 11 in order to  help fire and public works personnel better coordinate efforts to deal with flooding at various places in Benicia.

Public Works crews and firefighters are responding to calls for downed trees and flooded streets from  downtown to Southampton to the Benicia Industrial Park.

For those travelling to San Francisco, the entire BART system is 

Workers from the Valero Benicia Refinery were putting booms out along Sulfur Springs Creek as a precautionary measure after storm water retention ponds at the refinery filled to capacity this morning.

According to Valero spokesperson Sue Fisher-Jones refinery operations have not been affected by the weather. 

“The Valero Benicia follows weather forecasts closely and has plans in place to deal with weather-related issues, such as excessive rain, “ Said Fisher-Jones in an email.  “We are managing this week's rain through our retention ponds, a large diesel powered pump, and efficient operations of the refinery's waste water treatment plant.”

“At this time, boom -- material that creates a physical barrier -- is being place on the sides of Sulfur Springs Creek to control storm-water runoff, said Fisher-Jones.  “Notifications has been made to the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQC).”

There is one reported power outage affecting about 30 customers in the Lower Arsenal. 

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"The Black Panther of Poetry" December 02, 2012 at 08:28 PM
I just watched the Lonesome Dove Sequel, Return to Lonesome Dove. Being a huge fan of Lonesome Dove One, Actually this Return to Lonesome Dove is not half bad. I think John Voight was a terrible choice for replacing Tommy Lee Jones as" Woodrow" and Louis Gossip Jr. did add a little grit to the premise of the movie, but he was no Danny Glover. All in all, I give Return to Lonesome Dove a "Gray Panther" rating, using the Black Panther as the best rating!!! Now there are other lower colors on this panther scale but Black is the Ultimate and Top rating!!! What does this have to with this "Flooding rain" article, you ask. I am bored and I am stuck in the house watching movies!!!
james December 03, 2012 at 12:28 AM
why is it every time i go to look at a movie clip i down load it and run it and it never wotrks i have every thing possable to watch things on my ipad but it never works just wondering ??
Joe Feltcher December 03, 2012 at 12:53 AM
@james Your spell checker appears to be broken as well. Looks like it's time for a new computer.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" December 03, 2012 at 01:58 AM
''General Robert E. Lee freed the slaves.......I can whack this bell if I want to!!!"
Downtowner December 08, 2012 at 03:24 PM
The City upgraded its Storm Wastewater System in 2007, after major flooding at numerous locations including Rancho Benicia and Portside Village. Unfortunately, the design of this upgrade did not take two important considerations into account: 1) storm surge that enters the marina caused by south winds blowing directly into the marina, and more importantly 2) the peak high tide levels. Since the upgrade we've had 3 major winter storms that hit during full moons, which cause significantly higher tides. Each time those storms hit the City's storm drainage system backed up and overflowed into the streets at high tide, flooding Rancho and Portside Village. Additionally, the City approved the substandard drainage plan for Portside Village and East E St, but has only installed two drains on East E and taken no responsibility for the continued flooding in the area. The City needs to address these important issues, and until then Rancho and Portside will continue to be subject to flooding.


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