Sandbags Available in Preparation for Anticipated Storms
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flash flood watch for Monday through Wednesday. The storm system is expected to affect the area with heavy rainfall. Travel should be avoided during heavy rainfall, when possible; if travel is unavoidable, do not drive through flooded roadways or go around barricades.
Sandbags are available at Queen Creek Fire Station 2, 24787 S. Sossaman Road. Residents are reminded to bring their own shovel and only fill bags half full.
Making a Sandbag Barrier
Sandbags can be useful in redirecting storm water and debris flows away from your home. In order to ensure that sandbags are properly filled and maintained:
- Fill sandbags one-half full. Use sand if readily available, otherwise use soil.
- Fold the top of sandbag down and rest the bag on its folded tope. Take care in stacking sandbags.
- Limit placement to three layers unless a building is used as a backing or sandbags are placed in a pyramid.
- Tamp each sandbag into place, completing each layer before you begin a new layer. Clear a path between buildings for debris flow.
- Lay a plastic sheet in between the building and the bags to control the flow and prevent water from seeping into sliding glass doors.
What to Expect
There are limits to what sandbags can do, so remember:
- Sandbags will not seal out water.
- Sandbags deteriorate when exposed to continued wetting and drying for several months.
- If bags are placed too early, they may not be effective when needed.
- Sandbags are for small water flow protection—up to two feet.
Constance Halonen-Wilson, Public Information Officer