Just days after a record-breaking storm sent the Bay Area into a frenzy with massive urban flooding, it looks like more high rainfall totals could hit the region this week. To prepare residents for potential flooding, most Bay Area cities offer free sandbags, both unfilled and prefilled, throughout the week. Here you can pick up your free bags to protect your home or business from flooding.
Keep in mind that many sites require proof of residency, and each site has its own requirements, baggage limits, and procedures.
province of Alameda
Several towns in Alameda County offer free sandbag pick-ups for local residents.
Fremont: Three locations have unfilled bags, residents must bring their own shovel.
Hayward: Hayward Animal Shelter, Barnes Court 16
Newark: Newark Maintenance Yard, 37440 Filbert St.
Oakland: Municipal Service Center, 7101 Edgewater Drive
Nice to meet you: Operational Services Department, Buschweg 3333
San Leandro: Public works yard, 14200 Chapman Road (Residents must bring their own shovel)
Alameda County also has four sites for residents in unincorporated areas to bring up to four sandbags free of charge.
Dublin: 4825 Gleason Drive
Hayward: Turnerhof 951
Contra Costa County
Agreement: 1455 Gasoline Alley (Filled yourself, residents must bring a shovel)
Richmond: West County Detention Center, 5555 Giant Highway
Walnut Creek: Walnut Creek has five sandbagshowever, none of them provide pre-filled bags and require residents to bring their own shovels.
More information on sandbag stations in Contra Costa County can be found at place sandbags.
province of Santa Clara
The Santa Clara Valley Water District offers five sandbag distribution locations that offer free filled bags 24 hours a day from November through April. The five locations are:
morgan hill: El Toro Fire Station, 18300 Old Monterey Road
20 other locations in the Santa Clara Valley Water District offer unfilled sandbags with sand that the residents can shovel into themselves. The agency recommends people bring their own shovels to those locations, as well as help hauling the heavy bags. Some sites require proof of residency.
The City of Palo Alto announced on Twitter that all locations in Palo Alto will be empty of sandbags as of 10:11 AM Monday morning. The city says it hopes to have supplies replenished by noon.
Province of San Mateo
San Mateo County has four locations serving residents of unincorporated San Mateo County can collect up to 15 pre-filled sandbags. Additional unfilled sandbags are available at these locations.
In addition, the province lists cities that offer free sandbags. Many have different limits, requirements, and offerings, so it’s recommended residents check their city’s rules.
Information about placing sandbags can be found at Water District’s FloodSAFE guide for homeowners.