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Worried about flooding? County has free sandbags

Posted: 11:10 AM, Sep 15, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-15 18:10:23Z
The following is a press release from the county:
The County of San Diego Department of Public Works is again offering free sand and bags to people in our unincorporated areas to help protect homes, neighborhoods and streets from flooding and erosion problems.
 
Just bring a shovel to the fire stations listed below and you’ll be good to go. Locations to get free sand and bags are:
 
  • Cal Fire Station 73: 28205 North Lake Wohlford Road, Valley Center
  • Pauma Valley-Rincon, Cal Fire Station 70: 16971 Highway 76
  • Valley Center Cal Fire Station 50: 1587 Highway 78, Julian
  • Alpine Fire Protection District, Station 17: 1364 Tavern Road, Alpine (Bags ONLY)
  • Ramona Station: 3410 Dye Road, Ramona
  • North County Fire Protection District, Station 4: 4375 Pala Mesa Drive, Fallbrook
  • Cal Fire Station 30: 17304 Highway 94, Dulzura
  • Bonita/Sunnyside Fire Department: 4900 Bonita Road, Bonita
Current forecasts are predicting ran could fall through mid-week. Even though we’ve had some unusual rain storms this summer, the region has still been suffering through record levels of drought this year. 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 addition, forecasts are projecting a possible strong El Niño season this winter. County Office of Emergency Services and Department of Public Works officials are encouraging residents to look around their properties to see if they are in a flood-prone area, near hillsides with little or dead vegetation that could erode, and to look for ways to keep soil in place, especially on slopes. People can use mulch, terrace their slopes and plant a variety of groundcovers and shrubs to prevent erosion.
 
Water runoff, mud and debris swept downstream by rains can damage homes, clog storm drains and culverts and flood roadways. People can find more information, including about erosion control, on the County’s ReadySanDiego website and on the Office of Emergency Services’ Flooding Preparedness Facts and Resources Web page.