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Sandbags

Where to Get Sandbags

The city recommends stocking up on sandbags at local home improvement stores or online retailers. In an emergency, a limited supply of sandbags may be available at city locations. Only 10 sandbags per residential unit will be provided with proof of residency. 

How to Use Sandbags

  • Read this brochure for step by step instructions or watch this video. 
  • Create a small dam or wall using sand bags to block or divert floodwater.
  • As a general rule, you will need about 10 to 25 filled bags at a minimum for each area.
  • Sandbags should be stacked similar to a brick wall, using a staggered pattern.
  • Build your wall at least two bags high.
  • Removing sand from the beach is illegal and harms the beach environment.

    Purchase sand from local nurseries and building supply companies. Filling bags with soil will not create an effective barrier. “Sandless sandbags” are also available online or at some home improvement stores. 

For afterhours flooding or related emergencies, call 760-931-2197. For life threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1.