San Diego preparing for weekend storm and offering free sandbags
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Sandbags for flood defense or military use
Sandbags for flood defense or military use
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With rain in the forecast for this weekend, the City of San Diego is making storm preparations and reminds city residents that free sandbags are available at one centrally located recreation center in each City Council district.  

Sandbags are in limited supply. Residents with identification showing proof of residency can get up to 10 empty bags. Sandbags are available anytime between 1 and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

Sandbags are available at:

Council District 2

Robb Athletic Field

2525 Bacon St.

Council District 1

Standley Recreation Center

3585 Governor Drive.

City preparations for the impending rain are underway including placing “no parking signs” in low-lying and other flood prone areas, sweeping critical locations around drains and inlets that typically experience heavy debris build-up, monitoring storm drain locations, and installing bypass pumps where the infrastructure may be overwhelmed by storm waters.

During the rains, 15 crews from the City’s Storm Patrol will be actively patrolling, monitoring areas in the city and responding to instances including temporary flooding and downed trees or tree branches. 

Just as preparations are underway city-wide, residents can individually prepare for the rains and help reduce the risk of flooding near their homes and properties by engaging in a few simple steps:

• Sweep and pick up trash, leaves, grass clippings and other debris that collects around the storm drains and curb gutters near your home.

• Keep the lid securely closed on trash and recycle bins when placing them out on the street for collection and place each bin approximately 2 to 3 feet away from the curb so as not to impede the storm water flowing on the street. 

• Know the safest routes to and from your home or property should flooding occur.

• Slow down and do not drive, ride or walk through flood waters.

Residents can report events such as flooding or downed trees by using the Get It Done application or by calling 619-527-7500. As always, please call 9-1-1 in the event of a life-threatening emergency.

For more information and resources on how to prepare before the rains and what to do during and after the rains, please visit the City’s Storm Preparedness page.

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