San Francisco city officials issued a flood risk alert today to warn residents and businesses in low-lying areas of the city about potential flooding from storms set to hit the Bay Area next week.

The alert was issued by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the Department of Public Works in response to wet weather that is expected to strike the region Monday and stay for most of the week.

More than an inch of rain is expected along with winds of 20 to 40 mph in parts of the Bay Area, according to the National Weather Service.

Crews have been deployed throughout the city to inspect and clean catch basins as a precautionary measure to try to prevent flooding in at-risk areas, according to city officials.
Crews will also be on standby through the week to respond to potentially hazardous situations.

The city is urging residents to proactively position sandbags in necessary areas, and report any blocked or clogged storm drains or catch basins immediately.

The Department of Public Works is providing residents who have proof of residency with 10 free filled or unfilled sandbags at the department’s operations yard, located at 2323 Cesar Chavez Blvd. The yard is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to call 311 for more information about the free sandbag program or to report clogged storm drains and catch basins, sewer backups, or other flooding emergencies.

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