Free sandbags available ahead of winter storms

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SAN DIEGO — Local officials reminded residents Wednesday that they can pick up free sandbags to protect their homes from flooding during periods of heavy rain from the string of storms headed toward the region.

Sandbags can help prevent runoff, mud and debris from damaging homes, clogging storm drains and flooding roadways.

“The region is still suffering through record levels of drought this year,” county officials said in a statement. “Because of that, rains could trigger erosion and even debris flow, especially in areas that aren’t covered by lawns, trees, shrubs and plants.”

In the city of San Diego, sandbags are not available at fire stations or lifeguard stations. Instead, residents can pick up ten bags per person while supplies last  at the following recreation centers:

Council District 1
Standley Recreation Center
3585 Governor Dr., San Diego, 92122

Council District 2
Robb Athletic Field
2525 Bacon St., San Diego, 92107

Council District 3
Golden Hill Recreation Center
2600 Golf Course Dr., San Diego, 92102

Council District 4
Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center
6401 Skyline Dr., San Diego, 92114

Council District 5
Scripps Ranch Recreation Center
11454 Blue Cypress Dr., San Diego, 92131

Council District 6
North Clairemont Recreation Center
4421 Bannock Ave., San Diego, 92117

Council District 7
Allied Gardens Recreation Center
5155 Greenbrier Ave., San Diego, 92120

Council District 8
San Ysidro Community Activity Center
179 Diza Rd., San Diego, 92173

Council District 9
City Heights Recreation Center
4380 Landis St., San Diego, 92105

Chula Vista residents can pick up 10 free sandbags from the following locations during the posted times, while supplies last:

  • Public Works Yard, 1800 Maxwell Rd, Chula Vista, CA 91911
    Wednesday, Jan. 18, now until 8 pm
    Thursday, Jan. 19, from 6:30 am to 4 pm
    Friday, Jan. 20, from 6:30 am to 4 pm
  • Fire Station 4, 850 Paseo Ranchero, Chula Vista, CA 91910
    Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 3:30 to 7 pm
    Thursday, Jan.19, from 3:30 to 7 pm
  • Fire Station 5, 391 Oxford Street, Chula Vista, CA 91911
    Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 4 to 7 pm
    Thursday, Jan. 19, from 3:30 to 7 pm
    Bring your own shovel.

There are nearly 30 locations around the county that residents in county unincorporated areas can pick up sandbags and almost a doze locations where they can get sandbags and sand. The complete list is available here.