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The Oakland Public Works Department plans, builds and takes care of the physical and environmental parts of the City of Oakland. Our work makes the City a great place to live, work, invest and visit. Right now, we want to hear your ideas for capital improvements.


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Nov 19, 2020

City of Oakland Prepares for Winter Weather, Encourages Residents and Businesses to Adopt a Drain on Their Block to Prevent Flooding

Residents and businesses can help minimize flooding in their neighborhood by volunteering with the City’s Adopt-A-Drain program to keep a storm drain near their home or business free of debris. About 1,100 storm drains are currently adopted by Oaklanders, but many thousands more are waiting to be adopted. By signing up, you will receive storm notification emails before large storm events, and the City can provide rakes, brooms, dust pans, bags and other supplies. Remember: “Clear the drain before the rain.” To sign up, visit or call (510) 238-7630.

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