ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 5, 2016) — As Anaheim sees its first real rains of what is expected to be a heavy El Niño season, the city is reminding residents and business owners that sandbags are available across Anaheim.
The city has unfilled sandbags for residents and businesses to pick up and use to redirect storm water and debris from property.
Sandbags are available at fire stations across Anaheim and at the city’s Public Works Operations facility in the central part of the city.
Residents can get up to 10 bags per single-family residence and up to 25 for apartment and condominium communities and commercial complexes. Proof of Anaheim residency or business ownership is required.
For easy transport, the city provides unfilled sandbags. Residents and businesses can buy sand at major home improvement stores, which also sell prefilled sandbags.
An easy way to fill sandbags — and avoid having sand to dispose of later — is to use soil from your yard and return it when it you’re done.
Here are other sandbag tips:
• When filling sandbags, work in pairs with one person holding open the bag while the other shovels in sand or soil.
• Fill bags no more than half full.
• Anaheim provides two types of sandbags — open ended and drawstring. With open ended bags, fold the open end over in a triangle to close and tuck under the filled bag.
• Place sandbags in a line with the folded edges facing the water flow.
• Don’t leave sandbags out in the sun — they’ll rot.
• Check bags and seams for rips or weak spots.
Here is where you can pick up sandbags from the city of Anaheim:
Public Works Operations400 E. Vermont Ave.(714) 765-6860
Fire Station 1500 E. Broadway
Fire Station 22141 W. Crescent Ave.
Fire Station 31717 S. Clementine Street
Fire Station 42736 W. Orange Ave.
Fire Station 51154 North Kraemer Blvd.
Fire Station 61313 S. Euclid Ave.
Fire Station 72222 E. Ball Road
Fire Station 84555 East Riverdale Ave.
Fire Station 96300 E. Nohl Ranch Rd.
Fire Station 108270 E. Monte Vista Road
Fire Station 113100 West Orange Ave.
For more on sandbags and El Niño preparation, please visit Anaheim.net/BeRainReady.