(KTXL) — After a flood watch was issued for the greater Sacramento region due to an expected atmospheric river storm that will hit California, communities have begun providing sandbags to residents to protect homes and businesses.
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The City of Elk Grove will have a sandbag location at the City Corporation Yard at 10250 Iron Rock Way and at the Future Library at 9260 Elk Grove Blvd.
The Corporation Yard will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the library will be open for 24 hours. Each location will providing sandbags through Friday.
Residents and businesses can take up to 10 free sandbags after a proof of address is provided.
These are self serve sites and those looking to get sandbags must bring their own shovel.
El Dorado County
With a massive amount of snow falling at several elevation levels across the county, El Dorado County could some serious flooding as rain breaks up the snow in those lower elevation communities.
The county has opened several sandbag locations in response that will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice.
The sandbag sites are at the following locations
3200 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, CA 95682
1050 Wilson Boulevard, El Dorado Hills, California, 95762
4120 Ricci Road, Greenwood, CA 95635
3671 Missouri Flat Road, Diamond Springs, CA 95667
6701 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines, CA 95726
4770 Sandridge Road, Placerville, CA 95667
1834 Santa Fe Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Some parts of Nevada County are still recovering from the previous storms that knocked out power to many communities and have made it difficult for repair crews to gain access to damaged infrastructure.
The county’s several feet of snow is at risk of risking with coming rains and several buildings have already collapsed under the weight of the heavily saturated snow.
Sand and sandbags are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Residents are advised to please bring their own sandbags if possible and only take what is needed.
Sandbag locations include:
Nevada County Warehouse
Highway 49 and East Broad Street, Nevada City, CA, 95959
Penn Valley Fire Protection District
10513 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley, CA 95946
North San Juan Community Hall
10057 Reservoir Street, North San Juan, CA 95960
Higgins Fire Department
10106 Combie Road, Auburn, CA 95602
The City of Lodi is expecting to see minor street flooding and has opened a sandbag location in response.
A self-serve location for Lodi residents is opened at the west end of Century Boulevard at Stockton Street. It will be open through the weekend as supplies last.
Those looking to get sand bags will need to bring their own shovel, bags will be provided.
The Nevada County town of Truckee will also be opening a sandbag location as access to other locations may be difficult or impossible during the storm.
The site will be at the US Forest Ranger Station parking lot located at 10811 Stockrest Springs Rd. and will open at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
The location will be open throughout the weekend, but will only be staffed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday.
Wheatland residents can call 530-633-0861 for assistance with being provided sandbags.
Sandbags for purchase at Home Depot, Ace, Lowe’s
If local supplies run out or you have received the maximum limit allowed by your pick-up locations, hardware stores do sell sand/flood bags.
Home Depot, Lowe’s and Ace Hardware provide several sandbag options, along with bags of play sand available for sale.