Sandbags Available at Fire Station 2
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flash flood watch for this afternoon, July 23 through midnight; isolated heavy rainfall is anticipated. 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 the 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 top. Take care in stacking the 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.
For more safety information, visit the National Weather Service Phoenix Office. For additional information about the Town, visit QueenCreek.org. To stay updated on activities and events in Queen Creek, follow the Town at Facebook.com/QueenCreek or Twitter.com/TownofQC.
Constance Halonen-Wilson, Public Information Officer