New Storms on the Way, Still Time to Get Free Sandbags
By Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office
San Diego County is expecting a second round of rainstorms this week, including the possibility of heavy rains Thanksgiving, so if you haven’t picked up some free sandbags yet there’s still time to do it.
The County of San Diego and CAL FIRE are providing free sand and bags to residents in unincorporated areas at numerous fire stations around the county.
Rain can cause flooding and erosion, particularly in areas that aren’t covered by plants, landscaping, grass and trees. That includes areas covered by concrete or laid bare by drought or fire.
Rain runoff can sweep topsoil, mud, plant material and debris off land and downstream where it can damage homes, clog culverts and storm drains, and flood and damage roadways.
Sand and bags, or bags alone, will be available for unincorporated residents at the fire stations located below.
Bring a shovel to fill the bags and call ahead to double-check availability. Some stations may have a limited supply.
Sand and Bags
Bonita/Sunnyside: 4900 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902 P: 619-479-2346
Boulevard: 40080 Ribbonwood Road, Boulevard, CA 91905 P: 619-390-2020
Dulzura: 17304 Highway 94, Dulzura, CA 91917 P: 619-468-3391
Fallbrook: 4375 Pala Mesa Drive, Fallbrook, CA 92028 P: 760-723-2024
Julian: 1587 State Route 78, Julian CA 92036 (760) 765-0511
Lakeside River Park Conservancy:12108 Industry Road, Lakeside CA 92040 P: 619-443-4770 *(Closed over the weekend; open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Palomar Mountain: 21610 Crestline Road, Palomar Mtn., CA 92060 P: 760-742-3701
Ramona: 3410 Dye Road, Ramona, CA 92065 P: 760-789-0107
Ramona: 24462 San Vicente Road, Ramona, CA 92065 P: 760-789-9465
Rincon: 16971 Highway 76, Pauma Valley, CA 92061 P: 760-742-3243
Valley Center: 28205 N. Lake Wohlford Road, Valley Center, CA 92082 P: 760-751-7605
Warner Springs: 35227 Highway 79, Warner Springs, CA 92086 P: 760-782-9113
Alpine: 1364 Tavern Road, Alpine, CA 91901 P: 619-445-2635
Deer Springs: 1321 Deer Springs Road, San Marcos, CA 92069 P: 760-741-5512
De Luz: 39431 De Luz Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028 P: 760-728-2422
Campo: 31577 Highway 94, Campo, CA 91906 P: 619-478-5516
Campo (Lake Morena): 29690 Oak Drive, Campo, CA 91906 P: 619-478-5960
Deer Springs: 8709 Circle R Drive, Escondido, CA 92026 P 760-749-8001
El Cajon: 551 Harbison Canyon Rd, El Cajon, CA 92019 P: 619-445-5001
Jacumba: 1255 Jacumba St., Jacumba, CA 91934 P: 619-766-4535
Jamul (Deerhorn): 2383 Honeysprings Road, Jamul, CA 91935 P: 619-468-3030
Mt. Laguna: 10385 Sunrise Highway, Mt. Laguna, CA 91948 P:619-473-8281
Ocotillo Wells: 5841 Highway 78, Borrego Springs, CA 92004 P: 760-767-7430
Pine Valley: 28850 Old Highway 80, Pine Valley, CA 91962 P: 619-578-6621
Potrero: 25130 Highway 94, Potrero, CA 91963 P: 619-478-5544
Ramona: (Intermountain) 25858 A Highway 78, Ramona, CA 92065 P: 760-789-3710
Ranchita: 37370 Montezuma Valley Road, Ranchita, CA 92066 P: 760-782-3467 *(Not staffed 24/7)
San Pasqual: 17701 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92025 P: 858-573-1322
ReadySanDiego.org’s Flooding webpage has more information about how to protect yourself and your property.
You may also want to check out this how-to video, “You’ve Got Your Sandbags, Now What?” that explains how to properly fill and use sandbags to protect your property.