The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and Department of Public Works have issued a flood risk alert due to the unusual streak of storms anticipated to hit the Bay Area in the next week.

Residents and businesses in low-lying flood-prone areas are encouraged to prepare for potential flooding, and the city has put critical departments and storm weather responders on standby in anticipation of the storms, public utilities commission officials said.

The Department of Public Works is providing up to 10 free sandbags, filled or unfilled, to residents. The sandbags can be picked up at the DPW Operations Yard at 2323 Cesar Chavez Blvd. between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Residents must show proof of residency.

Residents can call 311, the city’s customer service center, for more information about sandbags or to report clogged storm drains, catch basins, flooding emergencies and sewer backups.

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