SF Bay Area Storm Preparation: Where to get sandbags and how to use them
Sandbags: where to get them and how to use them
Sandbags are a temporary fix to prevent or reduce flooding.
If you need them, our post has an up-to-the-minute downloadable list of where to find them. (through retailers or public works facilities).
The list includes retailers and public service locations for the following county and municipalities.
- Contra Costa
- San Francisco
Retailers like Lowes or Home Depot may have them, but I couldn’t confirm that information this morning.
4 Tips for How to use sandbags
I scoured several sources and found a consensus for how/where to place them.
- They should lie flat on the ground. Sweep away any debris to prevent any gaps that could allow water to trickle through.
- Place sandbags lengthwise and parallel to the direction of the water flowing. Kind of like bricklaying. If the bag has an open end, ensure it is folded under the sand-filled portion.
- Ensure sandbags are tight against each other by flattening each row with your foot. The goal is to provide a tight seal.
- Your “brick wall” of sandbags should be shaped like a pyramid. If there are four or more rows, it should be five times wider than tall.
The downloadable list also has links to cities where you can get more information.
I will update this as time permits.
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