As a series of storms have impacted multiple California communities, lingering effects continue to be seen statewide.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and local partners are coordinating sandbag locations in impacted counties. Cal OES continues to monitor the weather around the clock for impacts to communities and reminds all Californians to stay prepared. Sandbags reduce the risk of damage to property.
Sandbags are often provided by local government. Contact your city, county, fire department or public works agency to find out where you can get sandbags in your area. Double check what materials they may or may not provide.
See current sandbag locations below and proper use instructions:
|Arnold Maintenance Yard
|1119 Linebaugh Rd
|Glencoe Maintenance Yard
|16151 Highway 26
|Jenny Lind Yard
|11558 Milton Rd
|San Andreas Rd Yard
|891 Mountain Ranch Rd
|Mountain Ranch Community Center Parking Lot
|7869 Whiskey Slide Rd
|Murphys Fire Station
|37 Jones Street
|Valley Springs Vista Del Lago cul-de-sac
|313 Vista Del Lago
|Copperopolis Fire Department
|370 Main Street
|County Public Works Yard
|across from the Fire Dept. on 1st St.
|Public Works Willows Maintenance Yard
|777 N. Colusa St.
|Orland City Maintenance Yard
|Corner of County Road 200 and County Road M.
|Public Works Yard
|Mormon Bar Fire Station
|4621 Highway 49 South
|9729 Merced Falls Rd.
|10293 Ferry Rd
|2820 Highway 140
|Tulare County Fire
Know When to use Sandbags
Sandbags have a variety of uses, but individuals and families should know their level of risk. MyHazards can help all Californians understand the types of risks that could impact their properties and neighborhoods. Also, while building a sandbag barrier may alleviate flooding into your home, everyone should continue to follow local authorities when they issue evacuation warnings and orders.
How to Use Sandbags
During heavy and sustained rainfall, high water and flooding can cause damage to homes and businesses. With proper preparation, you can reduce the risk of damage to your property. Cal OES offers these reminders on how to use sandbags safely during the next storm.
How to Fill Sandbags
It’s important to use sandbags when you live in an at-risk area for flooding. Follow these safety tips for filling sandbags:
Wear Protective Gear: When filling sandbags, wear gloves to protect your hands from blisters and cuts, wear safety glasses or goggles to prevent getting sand in your eyes and wear a dust mask to avoid inhaling dust particles. If you have a pre-existing respiratory condition, such as asthma, you may need to avoid filling sandbags altogether and seek assistance.
- Fill Sandbags Properly: Sandbags should be filled no more than one half to two-thirds full to allow room for the bags to be stacked and to prevent the bags from bursting.
- Bring a Partner: Filling sandbags can be tough alone. Grab a friend or relative to assist with holding the bag open and on occasion lifting the bags for transport.
- Sandbag Types: There are different types of materials that can be used as sandbags. Burlap and plastic are the most common and, if left unused, can be stored for a long time. The bag material can be a polypropylene, poltyethylene or a polyamide fabric.
- Sandbag Soil: There are different types of material to fill sandbags with such as silt, clay, gravel or a mixture of any of these. However, sand has been proven to be an optimal material to help divert the flow of water.
How to Use Sandbags
When using sandbags during a flood, it is important to follow these safety tips to protect yourself and your property:
- Stack Sandbags Correctly: It is important to pack the sandbags tightly to create a strong barrier. When stacking sandbags, make sure to stagger the bags, much like laying bricks. This will create a stronger barrier and prevent the bags from tipping over. There are different methods of stacking which serve different functions of protection.
- Single Stack: Laying sandbags down like a brick wall. This method can be affective in areas where there is no fast-moving waters or danger of debris flows. This stacking method should not go higher than 1 foot or 3 bags high.
- Pyramid Placement: Laying sandbags in a pyramid formation can increase the height of sandbag protection. This method of stacking is primarily used around levees and some rivers to protect communities.
- Ringing Sand Boil: Laying sandbags in a half-moon shape around a possible levee or dam seepage. This method is generally used to build up infrastructures ahead of heavy rainfall.
- Use Sandbags Appropriately: Sandbags should only be used to create a barrier around the perimeter of a building or to divert water away from the building. They should never be used to plug drains or to redirect water towards other properties.
- Monitor the Situation: Monitor water levels and the condition of the sandbags regularly. If the water level rises rapidly or the sandbags start to shift or leak, it may be time to evacuate.
- Replace Sandbag Materials: Used sandbag materials can degrade overtime. It’s best to replace all previously used sandbags prior to the next storm.