Posts Tagged ‘flood’

The Catch Basin Keeper’s Creed: “This is my catch basin. There are many like it, but this one is mine”

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

This is my catch basin. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

My adoptive catch basin is doing great – so far so good, during DeathStorm14:

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My catch basin is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
My catch basin, without me, is useless. Without my catch basin, I am useless. I must clear my catch basin true.
My catch basin is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, and accessories. I will repeated stab at it with a broom handle. I will keep my catch basin clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will…
Before God, I swear this creed. My catch basin and I are the defenders of my City and County. We are the masters of our Enemy, the Pineapple Express. We are the saviors of my life.
So be it, until victory is San Francisco’s and there is no Death Storm, but peace!

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Floodland: San Francisco Can’t Handle a Little Rain, So It Awakes to Flooded Streets, Buildings and Cars

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Here’s how the east end of Cayuga looks this AM, near the 101:

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And here’s how people are reacting:

“I looked out front and the manhole in the street in front of our house was bubbling water a foot into the air. My neighbors were outside with flooding downstairs as well. I called 311 and was on hold for a while. During that time a fire truck went by and stopped at the other end of the block and stayed their for a while. Other people living down there were out on the sidewalks so I assume the whole street was flooding. Soon after the bubbling stopped. After like 20 minutes of being on hold I got a hold of an operator and reported the situation and she said they’re having flooding issues all across the city, but apparently they don’t coordinate with the fire department so they have no idea what they did.”

It’s Floodland!

Does the 94117 Want Helicopters Circling Above at 6:00 AM Videoing the Broken Water Main at 700 Waller?

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

NO! DO NOT WANT!

Now myself, I don’t care about the slow orbits this morning over the Castro, Western Addition, and the Haights.

But other people, they care about the white chopper with the blue tail.

See?

Haighteration ‏@haighteration  5m Helicopter. For this. MT @abc7newsBayArea: PHOTO: Broken water line in San Francisco on the 700 block of Waller. pic.twitter.com/O3yTHJpCFe
Jeremiah Allen ‏@jeremiahallen  6m Enough with the damn helicopter! “@nbcbayarea: UPDATE: 6-inch water main in SF. Pipe is 100 years old.pic.twitter.com/Juehz8s32F
Justine Fields ‏@StrawberryJusty  1m Ugh. RT @haighterationHelicopter. For this. MT @abc7newsBayArea: Broken water line in SF on the 700 block of Waller pic.twitter.com/IAEFC4Lety
Justine Fields ‏@StrawberryJusty  14m Helicopter circling above my neighborhood, what’s up? You woke me up and now I can’t get back to sleep because of you #sanfrancisco#nopa

Oh well, that’s life in the big city…

Don’t You Wish You Had Your Own State-Approved Smoking Tent, Like Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Used To Have?

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

I bet you’d love to have your very own smoking tent. One that’s large enough to be seen from outer space, right?

Well then you should envy California Governor Arnold Schwazenegger ’cause this beige smoking tent used to be all his.

As seen from the second floor of Sacramento’s Capitol Building:

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Best of all, it was excluded from California’s new anti-smoking laws because, well, just because.

And if there was the occasional flooding in our historic capitol due to all the fake plastic grass that was put down, well, that was all right as well.

This was the bird’s eye view:

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Happy smoking, Arnie!

Yes, whether it be cigars…

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…or marijuana, like back in the day…

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Smoking some sweet aparteid weed in South AfricaPumping Iron, 1977

happy smoking, Arnold!

Wow: “Bicyclist Pedals Through a Foot of Water at Flooded 18th and Dolores” – December 2nd, 2012

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

A nice capture from jeffelder this AM:

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Awesome Video: It’s a Jet Ski Critical Mass – Cruising Flooded Long Island Town During Hurricane Irene Aftermath

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Wow:

“Long Islander responds to Hurricane Irene in most Long Island way possible: with jet skis and Linkin Park”

In San Francisco, Critical Mass has become a term synonymous with ignoring red lights,* right?

Now, what if you could critical mass in a flooded town on a Jet Ski?

That’s gotta be the flattest town in all creation. (Alluvial plain?) Don’t try this on Market Street, you know, post-global warming – it’s got slight rises that would ruin your Jet Ski fun.

This video only has 139K views?

It should have more by now, IMO.

*Now, I’ll admit CM treats red lights a bit differently, but, in my book, ignoring red lights = ignoring red lights.

When is the Steam Pipe Underneath McAllister and Larkin NOT Steaming?

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Via ActionNewsSF, you might search to find a KGO-TV bit covering the traffic-disrupting venting steam pipe at McAllister and Larkin today – it’s more steam than usual, that’s for sure.

But this area of Civic Center right in front of our Asian Art Museum (this year, it’s Shanghai) is basically steaming all the time, right?

HC SVNT DRACONES:

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This intersection is usually steaming, unless it’s flooding. Like this:

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Oh well.

As per usual, it all happens on (or near) McAllister Street, Gateway to the Golden Gate Park Panhandle and home of the Snickerdoodle bike path (Route 20), your best way of getting over Alamo Heights while avoiding the abysmal, Hayes Valley NIMBY-designed Octavia Boulevard 24-7 traffic scrum.

Don’t You Wish You Had Your Own State-Approved Smoking Tent, Like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s?

Monday, November 30th, 2009

I bet you’d love to have your very own smoking tent. One that’s large enough to be seen from outer space, right?

Well then you should envy California Governor Arnold Schwazenegger ’cause this beige smoking tent is all his.

As seen from the second floor of Sacramento’s Capitol Building. Click to expand:

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Best of all, it’s been excluded from California’s new anti-smoking laws because, well, just because.

And if there’s the occasional  flooding in our historic capitol due to all the fake plastic grass that’s been put down, well, that’s all right as well.

Here’s the bird’s eye view

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Happy smoking, Arnie!

Yes, whether it be cigars…

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via aindavid

…or marijuana, like back in the day…

arn

 Smoking some sweet aparteid weed in South AfricaPumping Iron, 1977

happy smoking, Arnold!

Enjoy your tent.

Flooded Streets Don’t Slow Down San Francisco’s Street Sweeping Service

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

When the signs say that they’re going to ticket cars and run the street sweepers on Tuesday morning betwixt 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM, you can bet that they’re going to ticket cars and run the street sweepers on Tuesday morning just after 8:00 AM. Flooded streets cannot alter this. It Is Written.

So this is how City employees will spend their time today, whether you like it or not!

“Beeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr….”

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After all, The Spice Must Flow.