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Posted on: January 12, 2016

Rain is here, and so are sandbags


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 Operations
400 E. Vermont Ave.
(714) 765-6860

Fire Station 1
500 E. Broadway

Fire Station 2
2141 W. Crescent Ave.

Fire Station 3
1717 S. Clementine Street

Fire Station 4
2736 W. Orange Ave.

Fire Station 5
1154 North Kraemer Blvd.

Fire Station 6
1313 S. Euclid Ave.

Fire Station 7
2222 E. Ball Road

Fire Station 8
4555 East Riverdale Ave.

Fire Station 9
6300 E. Nohl Ranch Rd.

Fire Station 10
8270 E. Monte Vista Road

Fire Station 11
3100 West Orange Ave.

For more on sandbags and El Niño preparation, please visit

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