Sandbag Distribution Sites 

NOTICE: (December 10; 3:30 p.m.) Over the past several days Sacramento County has been dedicating field crews to replenishing inventories of sandbags and sand at county sandbag sites. However, in order to prepare for the incoming storm, county crews will be shifting to dedicated storm response activities. As a result, county sandbag site inventories will be replenished as time and staff resources permit during the storm event. Other sources for sandbags include home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes.  City residents should check with their city’s public works department for availability of sandbags.

Sacramento County only opens its sandbag distribution sites in anticipation of continuous and extended heavy rainfall events where severe, widespread flooding may occur. The county does not open sandbag sites during most short duration or routine storm events typically experienced in Sacramento. Due to the lead time needed to get sites operational it is not effective to open sandbag sites during most storms. By the time the sandbag distribution sites are operational, most storms will have passed and any localized flooding will have already occurred. In fact, if your property has a history of flooding or recurring standing water each year (such as water building up at the garage or back patio for example), you are encouraged to get sandbags in advance of the rainy season and have them on hand throughout the winter. Sandbags and sand are available, inexpensively, at most hardware and home improvement stores.
Sacramento County's sandbag sites are self-serve. Bags and sand are available at each location, but you must bring your own shovel. Sites not operated by the County of Sacramento are intended for use by residents of the jurisdiction operating the site. For example, the sandbag sites operated by the City of Citrus Heights are intended for use by the residents of Citrus Heights, etc.

How to fill and use sandbags


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