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Permanente, Stevens Creek trails reopened in Mountain View after flooding causes weekend closures

Original post made on Mar 13, 2023

Mountain View remains mostly unscathed from major storm damage so far, with no power outages reported on Friday. But due to flooding, both Permanente and Stevens Creek trails were closed over the weekend, reopening on Monday morning.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 10, 2023, 12:36 PM

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Posted by That MV guy
a resident of Jackson Park
on Mar 13, 2023 at 8:26 pm

That MV guy is a registered user.

In the 1970s and 80's they'd send tractors down into the dry creek beds to clear away brush and debris. It's clogged branches and junk piling up that blocks the water flow so that it swirled around and erodes the levee banks.

But ever since they built the creek trail they blocked some of the access points where they could drive a bulldozer down there for maintenance reasons. In fact, in the photo above there use to be a dirt access ramp built into the bank where one could drive heavy machinery down there. They stopped using it and it eventually eroded away.

Before the El Nino of the late 1990s they did a lot of clearing in preparation of expected heavy storms and man, did we get some. I didn't see anything of the type being done this time. Maybe I missed something? M.V. and cities upstream need to get on the ball and service these creekbeds. Too late now until it dries out again.

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