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A sign outside of the South parking lot warns students for flooding emergencies. | Angelo Mabalot | [email protected]

Be informed, know the plan and don’t forget the rubbers—rubber boots that is.

The subject is flood preparedness at City College, especially after watching the ravages of Hurricane Sandy last week.

The Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency has stated, “Sacramento’s risk of flooding is the greatest of any major city in the country.”

A sign posted at the entrance of City College’s south parking lot reads: “This parking lot has been designed to retain up to 12” of water during a maximum rainfall storm of 6 hours. You are responsible for removing your car in such an event.”

Some students aren’t quite sure what would happen in the event of flooding. “I don’t know of any procedures,” said Jackie Horvoka, a 19-year-old business major. “I mean, if I were in class and there was a flood, how would that [be handled]?”

Diana Werden, 36-year-old business major, thinks that students should be informed about emergency procedures.

“I’ve been at City for two years now and have no idea if there is any thing in place for flooding,” said Werden.

Is City College prepared for campus flooding? Are there emergency procedures in place?

City College Director of Operations Gregory Hayman assures the campus community the answer is yes.

“We have a process,” said Hayman. “In any emergency, whether it be flood, earthquake, anything you can imagine that would warrant having to make alterations to the class schedules, we…determine what the best course of action is. In case of a flood, if the entire school is shut down, depending on the severity of it, the planning folks would be looking for alternate facilities to move classes to.”
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In the event of flooding, City College operations will use the Los Rios Alert system to communicate with students, via email and/or text message. The system will alert students of any emergency that will affect class schedules. For the system to be effective, Hayman says students are responsible for keeping their contact information current. Updates can be made online at the eServices portal of the school website.

“We encourage students…to insure that their information is current and up to date in the system,” said Hayman. “[That way] when [emergency] information goes out, it goes out to everybody.”

Further preparations include a flip chart of emergency procedures located in every classroom, and evacuation route maps posted at main exits in each building.

Additionally, there are 21 emergency phones strategically located throughout the campus. These phones connect students directly to campus police, 24 hours a day. Students are encouraged to use these phones to report any type of emergency, including flooding.

“Things such as a levee break [would constitute a flood],” said Hayman. “Anything that would preclude students getting to class.”

Should there ever be a need to evacuate the campus, Hayman further explained that although Sacramento streets are prone to flooding, they are usually still drivable.

Hayman says that the flooding of the streets is because of levee inadequacies and inadequacies in the City of Sacramento’s water abatement planning, which the city is currently addressing.

As far as flooding in the South Lot, none have occurred during the seven years Hayman has been at City College. Should the South Lot ever flood though, the Emergency Operations Center will provide instructions to owners responsible for vehicles potentially parked in, as the sign states, up to 12 inches of standing water.

For further information on emergency procedures, including an emergency contact list, phone roster, and safety tips, visit

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