Sacramento Under Flood Watch – Here’s Where to Get Sandbags

By djsheryl on March 8, 2023
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JANUARY 3: San Franciscans lined up with their cars and rush to get sandbags outside of the Department of Public Works (DPW) on January 3, 2023 ahead of tomorrow’s rainstorm in San Francisco, California, United States. (Photo by Tayfun CoÅkun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

As the incoming atmospheric river gains strength, The National Weather Service is warning people to prepare now for what could be serious flooding as heavy rain melts historically deep snowpacks. According to the NWS, “Creeks and streams in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada will be most vulnerable to flooding from rain and snowmelt.” In addition, authorities worry that the large amounts of rain — combined with the previously fallen snow — will cause several roofs to collapse. If you have a lot of snow currently on your roof, you are being advised to clear as much of it as you can before the heavy rains hit us tomorrow.

If you are concerned about flooding anywhere on your property, you can get sandbags at a number of local sites.

In Sacramento, these locations are open, but not staffed (serve yourself):

County Branch Center at 3847 Branch Center Rd., Sacramento CA 95827
Orangevale Community Center at 6826 Hazel Ave., Orangevale CA 95662
Point Pleasant United Methodist Church at 3329 Point Pleasant Rd., Elk Grove CA 95757
Westside Park at 6555 West 2nd St., Rio Linda CA 95673
Wilton Fire Station at 10661 Alta Mesa Rd., Wilton CA 95693

In Elk Grove, the city has sandbag locations at:

The City Corporation Yard at 10250 Iron Rock Way
Future Library at 9260 Elk Grove Blvd.

El Dorado County has several sandbag locations that are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. They are not staffed. Officials ask that residents bring their own shovels to fill up the sandbags.

Station 89 at 3200 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, CA 95682
Station 85 at 1050 Wilson Boulevard, El Dorado Hills, California, 95762
DOT Yard at 4120 Ricci Road, Greenwood, CA 95635
DOT Yard at 3671 Missouri Flat Road, Diamond Springs, CA 95667
DOT Yard at 6701 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines, CA 95726
DOT Yard at 4770 Sandridge Road, Placerville, CA 95667
SAR Building at 1834 Santa Fe Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

In Nevada County, sandbags are available on a first come-first-serve basis, and residents are asked to only take what is needed. Everyone is also required to bring their own shovels.

Next to the Nevada County Warehouse located at: the corner of Highway 49 and East Broad Street, Nevada City, CA 95959
Penn Valley Fire Protection District located at: 10513 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley, CA 95946
North San Juan Community Hall located at: 10057 Reservoir Street, North San Juan, CA 95960
Higgins Fire Department located at: 10106 Combie Road, Auburn, CA 95602

If local supplies run out, you still have options. Home Depot, Lowe’s and Ace Hardware offer bags of play sand available for sale.

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