With a major storm brewing, the City prepares

Tuesday December 9, 2014

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for our area in effect from 4:00 a.m. Thursday to 4:00 p.m. Friday. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. today, the City of Napa has made self-serve sandbags available to those who want to take precautions. The sandbag station is in the parking lot near First Street and Freeway Drive. Sandbags will remain available as long as their is a need. Residents should bring a shovel and gloves and plan to fill and transport their own bags.

All drainage ditches and channels were inspected and cleaned last week. Leaf pickup was increased to diminish clogged storm drain problems. Stream gauges have been checked, and the weather monitoring center is staffed. For public safety, Trancas Crossing Park is now closed through the weekend, the Oxbow Preserve will be closed Thursday and Friday, and the Main Street Boat Dock will be closed from Wednesday until further notice as the gangway will be hoisted out of floodway.

Heavy rains are expected to begin Wednesday evening, increasing the chance of flash flooding on terrain already saturated by late-autumn storms. A high wind watch will be in effect from 10:00 p.m. Wednesday to 4:00 p.m. Thursday, with winds 20-30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. At higher elevations, wind speeds may reach 30-40 mph and gusts up to 60 mph.

All residents are encouraged to evaluate emergency plans and supplies in advance of the storm. Visit PG&E's Storm, Outages and Safety page for preparedness information. 

CDBG funds available for 2015-16

Thursday December 4, 2014

The City estimates about $600,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds will be available for allocation in Fiscal Year 2015-16 (7/1/15 through 6/30/ 16). All funds will be allocated in accordance with federal guidelines to principally benefit low and moderate income persons residing in the City of Napa. Applications for the Community Development Block Grant program will be available starting on December 8, 2014 at the City of Napa, Housing Division, 1115 Seminary Street, Napa or by contacting Joseph Wiencek at (707) 257-9356 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request an electronic application.

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Downtown Neighborhood Meeting set for December 10

Wednesday December 3, 2014

The Napa Police Department hosts a Downtown Neighborhood Meeting Wednesday, December 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 955 School Street. The meeting is an opportunity for residents and business owners to talk to representatives from many different departments and services provided by the City and County of Napa. Topics of discussion will include earthquake rebuilding status, crime prevention, and other issues. All interested persons are invited to attend and join the conversation.

$12.2 million in SBA loans approved for Napa Quake

Tuesday November 25, 2014

As of today, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved disaster loans totaling $12.2 million to help 313 Napa and Solano county residents and businesses with their recovery from the impact of the South Napa Earthquake.

  • $11.2 million to help 298 homeowners and renters pay for residential and personal property losses
  • $1.0 million to help 15 businesses pay for property damage and disaster working capital needs

With many applications still being processed these loan approvals will only increase. Napa and Solano county homeowners, renters and businesses have until December 29 to register for federal disaster assistance. To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, victims must first call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at (800) 621-FEMA (3362). Apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela Apply in person at any Disaster Recovery Center and receive personal, one-on-one help from an SBA representative. For Napa applicants, the Local Assistance Center (NapaLAC) is located at 301 First Street in Napa. For additional information or to find a location near you visit our Web site at: http://www.sba.gov/disaster or call SBA at (800) 659-2955. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339.

Council to hear report on alternatives for Linda Vista Bridge

Friday November 21, 2014

The City Council will hear a report on the Linda Vista Bridge Over Napa Creek Project at their December 2, 2014 meeting, in the evening session beginning at 6:30 p.m.

As directed by the City Council at last year’s budget hearings, the Public Works Department has completed property surveys and an alignment study to determine the feasibility of constructing a street connection between Robinson Lane and the Lone Oak Avenue/Linda Vista Avenue intersection.

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