Flood Preparedness

Federal Disaster Assistance - Apply by March 16

Homeowners and renters in San Mateo County with damage or losses due to the series of New Year’s storms can apply for federal disaster assistance.

Disaster assistance may include grants to help pay for temporary housing and essential home repairs as well as other serious disaster-related needs such as medical and dental expenses, transportation, childcare and moving and storage expenses. The deadline to apply is March 16, 2023.

We are continuing to respond to impacts from the recent storms that have significantly impacted our region. For the latest forecast updates, visit www.weather.gov/mtr/

Visit our San Mateo Creek & Storm Impacts page if you live near the creek.

Sign up for SMC Alerts with your home address to receive notifications of an emergency that may impact you. 

Sandbags Available to San Mateo Residents
Our self-serve sandbag stations is open to City of San Mateo residents: Corp Yard at 1949 Pacific Blvd. 

Sandbag Rules
  • MAXIMUM 10 bags per vehicle
  • MUST be a San Mateo resident or Property Owner (be prepared to show proof of residency/ownership)
  • BRING your own shovel & heavy-duty trash bags - Sand and bags will be provided based on availability - bring your own heavy-duty trash bags in case bags run out.
  • MUST be able to fill the bags yourself (these are self-serve locations)
  1. Resources & Recovery Information
  2. Report Flooding & Clogged Drains
  3. Be Prepared

Countywide Resources & Shelter Services

  • Call 2-1-1 
  • The City will establish a temporary shelter if evacuations are needed. Call 2-1-1 for shelter services.

Local Resources

State/ National Resources


How the City is Preparing & Responding

  • Teams are out re-clearing storm water catch basins and trash racks throughout the city
  • In areas more prone to flooding, for safety reasons we may proactively close roads and provide detours
  • Testing stormwater pump stations and planning for operational needs throughout the storm
  • Preparing for additional staffing to assist during the storm
  • Maintaining a sandbag station at the Corp Yard 
  • Lowering the Marina Lagoon even further below typical winter levels
  • Coordinating with the County and neighboring cities
  • Opening our Emergency Operations Center to coordinate our City response
  • We monitor areas with a history of flooding for storm conditions. Read more about these flood-vulnerable areas that are part of the FEMA Flood Zone.
  • Our City Council has declared a State of Emergency

Emergency Preparedness Resources

San Mateo Consolidated Fire's Office of Emergency Services maintains a robust list of resources for your own emergency planning. Preparing before an emergency can make a big difference when you have little time to spare. 

Important Links

Traffic & Road Closure Updates

Major road and highway information: 511.org: Latest Traffic Reports 

Follow San Mateo Police Department Twitter.