Richmond District SFPD officer pulls double duty to help with rain flooding

The Richmond District police station sent us this pic today of Officer Anthony Garrett up to his ankles in cold water (no boots!) trying to clear out a flooded drain at Arguello and Anza.

“He noticed that the flooding was causing pedestrians to go out into the street which was unsafe. Anthony knew that the Department of Public Works was swamped (pardon the pun) so he grabbed a shovel and fixed the problem himself,” Captain Silverman said.

Now before you all start dialing the Richmond station for flood issues, remember that you’re supposed to call 311 (or use their handy mobile app) when you see a backed up flood drain. 😉

Thanks Officer Garrett for going the extra mile!

Sarah B.


  1. That’s an epic puddle. There was a similar sized puddle at Geary and Fillmore a week later that caused pedestrians to walk in surprising, non-linear ways, deciding what to do. Drivers shouldn’t count on pedestrians to clear crosswalks at their usual even gait when they are dodging puddles (which the driver might not yet see).

    I woke the other rainy day to empty plastic jugs blowing down Cabrillo Street like tumbleweeds. The long blocks near us had numerous trash cans tipped over by the wind, so the uphill corners had an extra dose of cardboard, tuna cans, etc. in addition to a block’s worth of leaf litter. At least there was an ample supply of blue and green bins out on the curb to (put upright and) deposit the crud back into. No drains backed up but two were thinking about it. The ones that had piled up leaves (mostly) have been good through several subsequent storms.

    Shovel is good if that’s what you’ve got. I recommend a long-handled hoe (if you’ve got one in your gardening tools). The narrow angled blade cuts well through tangled leaves and washed-up trash, not too much area at a time.

  2. a lot of of this flooding can be “curbed” if you just take a moment, get your fingers a bit dirty and pull out any one of the many plastic bags that we have floating around in this neighborhood. AMAZING that Clement street hasn’t banned plastic yet or instituted some sort of an educational program–maybe posters in the many markets where people feel the need to do such wasteful things as put fruits and oranges—things that are already in wrappers, if you will, into a cloth bag . . . for a street with a lot of produce markets and a lot of people that don’t seem to care, grabbing bag after bag. we need some change in the way things are done. IF we are going to continue to have giant rolls of plastic in every shop, then they need to start charging for those bags, which will no doubt start making the many that are just able to buy produce, think a little harder about recycling or alternate types of bags.

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