Friday, January 25, 2008

Digging in Palo Alto?

Beware of high water table. Here is a City of Palo Alto water table map (Depth to First Water, Santa Clara County Groundwater Subbasins).

Palo Alto Flood Zone map--closer still

Palo Alto Flood Zone map--a closer look

Palo Alto Flood Zone map

City of Palo Alto does not allow basements in properties situated in the flood zone (defined as the area where heavy rain would result in water standing in the streets). The Palo Alto Flood Zone map shows the flood zone charted by FEMA (shown in blue), and actual (1998 wet season) flood zone map (shown in hatched).







Making a foundation during rains

Making basement in Palo Alto

Covered for rain