Sandbagging Information

Sandbags will redirect storm water and debris flows away from
homes and other structures, provided the sandbags are properly
filled and maintained. Sandbags usually last for only one year.

Filling:

■ Fill sandbags one-half full.

■ Use sand if readily available, otherwise, use local soil.

■ Fold top of sandbag down and rest bag on its folded top.

Placing:

■ 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.

■ Tap each sandbag into place, completing each layer prior to
starting the next 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.


Limitations:

■ 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.
Protection from larger flow requires a more permanent flood
prevention system.

For more information and how to get sandbags, please call the Community Center at 661.5880