The winter rains have arrived and San Diego County’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is once again giving away free sand and bags to residents in the unincorporated communities to help them protect their homes, neighborhoods and streets - as well as our County infrastructure - from flooding, erosion, mud and debris flows.
Just bring a shovel to one of seven fire stations and DPW will provide the free bags and sand to fill them! (An eighth fire station is offering bags only.)
“We don’t want to see anyone’s home or property damaged by the flooding and erosion that rains can create,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Ron Roberts, “That’s why we offer this free program year after year and encourage everyone to take advantage of it.”
Because San Diego County is dry most of the year, heavy rains can create severe soil erosion, damage homes and properties, flood roads, and clog storm drains and culverts.
Residents who live in unincorporated communities can get free sandbags at these locations:
- Alpine, Alpine Fire Protection District, Station 17, 1364 Tavern Road (BAGS ONLY).
- Bonita, Bonita/Sunnyside Fire Department, 4900 Bonita Road.
- Dulzura, Cal Fire Station 30, 17304 Highway 94.
- Fallbrook, North County Fire Protection District, Station 4: 4375 Pala Mesa Drive.
- Julian, Cal Fire Station 50: 1587 Highway 78.
- Pauma Valley-Rincon, Cal Fire Station 70: 16971 Highway 76.
- Ramona, 3410 Dye Road, Ramona, CA .
- Valley Center, Cal Fire Station 73: 28205 N. Lake Wohlford Road.
During the winter season road conditions, driving tips, and other safety alerts will be posted on the DPW social media pages: Facebook.com/SDCountyDPW and Twitter.com/SDCountyDPW. During the more intense storms the DPW Emergency Page will also be activated with road information – http://sdcdpw.org/emergency.
You can also check conditions at the dips: Go to http:// sdcfcd.org/webcams.html and click on the appropriate webcam.
During winter storms, please exercise caution: Do not cross flooded roadways where you cannot see the pavement. Comply with chain requirements on the mountain roads. And watch for DPW crews working during and after the storms to keep our roadways safe and passable.
Let’s be careful out there.
For more information about the County Department of Public Works and its services, please visit www.sdcounty.ca.gov/dpw.