EAST PALO ALTO (KCBS)— The Mayor of East Palo Alto has signed an emergency declaration urging the state to help with levee upgrades after heavy rain last month caused flooding damage along the San Francisquito Creek.
Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman didn’t mince words when addressing the flood dangers along the creek.
“What would be the worst case scenario for East Palo Alto is that levee failure. That would be something similar to what we saw in Hurricane Katrina,” he said.
Just before Christmas, heavy rain revealed weaknesses in an earthen levee and forced the evacuation of seven homes near the creek; One was so badly damaged it’s uninhabitable.