Preparations underway for biggest storm to hit Bay Area in months

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- With heavy rain, strong winds and high tide moving into the Bay Area, East Bay residents are preparing for the biggest storm to hit the region in several months.

At an ACE Hardware in Lafayette, tarps are especially hot-sellers.

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"The type of thing that we're recommending for people who are covering against the rain are the gray tarps here. We have them in various sizes, but these are pretty much going to be your waterproof type tarps," said David Guerra, ACE Store Manager.

In Oakland, East Bay MUD had its crews out at the estuary near Jack London Square checking out a sensor that may have malfunctioned and falsely indicated there was an overflow of sewage into the water there.

"There was no physical evidence, however out of an abundance of caution we posted signage, we let folks know to stay out of the water while we conclude an investigation to see if it was indeed an overflow," said Jenesse Miller, East Bay MUD spokesperson.

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East Bay MUD will continue to monitor the situation as the storm moves through.

In Piedmont, they will keep a close eye on the football field at Piedmont High School; it flooded over the weekend and could very well do it again tomorrow.

"Sometimes when we get a large storm event, Witter Field can flood to a certain degree. Typically because it's a catch basin in many ways of Piedmont storm drains," said Randall Booker, Piedmont Schools Superintendent.

East Bay MUD reports overall storage is much better than it was this time last year, 80 percent of capacity, but the snow pack in the Sierra is still well below average.

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