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Checking in with San Lorenzo Creek

The National Weather Service issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for the Hayward area, meaning that nuisance flooding could occur. Not nearly as extreme as a flash flood watch. Regardless, we went down to take a look at San Lorenzo Creek in a number of spots and found it flowing rather rapidly.

Here it is near Foothill Boulevard and City Center Drive.

Here it is at the Grove Street Bridge.

Here it is behind the Meek Mansion.

Want to know how your surrounding area would fare in a 100-year-flood? Here’s a FEMA site where you can punch in your address and get an overview.

And here’s a Daily Review from the mid-1950s, before the San Lorenzo Creek was calmed by dams and culverts.

Let us know if you are aware of any particularly flood prone areas in the greater Hayward area that we should be keeping an eye on.

Eric Kurhi

  • http://flickr.com/people/alexh1013 Alex Harmon

    haven’t seen the creek like that in a while. hope this helps all those water issues.

    Also, about the SLz creek, when is that creek trail park on City Center Drive gonna open?

  • Eric Kurhi

    Good question, Alex. Larry Lepore told me in July that construction on that park would take about a month:
    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4176/is_20090705/
    ai_n32133519/

    Obviously it’s behind schedule. Jason Sweeney, who usually covers HARD, said he will look into it.

  • http://flickr.com/people/alexh1013 Alex Harmon

    hey Eric. the park is now open! i checked it out yesterday after school.

    its a cool spot. hope they expand the trail to behing the Creekwood apartments…