Rain, Flood, and Sandbags-Are You Ready?

Sandbag Locations within the County:

Sandbags and sand can be picked up at the following locations:

Benicia
Corporation Yard located at 2400 East Second Street
East E Street parking lot (across the street from Benicia Yacht Club)

Dixon
Sand bags are located at 205 Ford Way
Sand is located at old Ace Hardware (N. Jackson and West A Street)

Fairfield
Empty sandbags will be made available Mondays through Thursdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fairfield's Public Works Corporation Yard, 420 Gregory Street. There is a 10-bag limit. Sand will be available at two locations: the corner of Pittman and Cordelia Roads and the southeast corner of Allan Witt Park off Woolner Avenue. Bring your own shovels; these sandbagging locations are “self-serve.”

Vacaville
**Sandbag stations will be established at Irene Larson Park in advance of imminent flooding based on creek levels
Irene Larson Park, 1800 Alamo Drive
Please bring your own shovel to fill bags
Follow creek levels in Vacaville at http://www.grabdata.com/vacamap/

Vallejo 
Sandbags located west end of street at Vallejo Flood & Wastewater District, 450 Ryder Street
To report flooding, call 644-8949 at any time. For more info, visit
http://www.vallejowastewater.org/

Suisun City
701 Civic Center Blvd, behind police department

Rio Vista
1 Main Street
Firehouse -350 Main Street sand bags only

Unincorporated areas of Solano County    

Cordelia Fire District 
Corner of Rockville Rd and Suisun Valley Road

Montezuma Fire District

Jericho Dredging located at 1285 Collinsville Road

Suisun Fire District

4965 Clayton Road

Links to other Resources and Information:

Solano County Water Agency

FEMA-Flood Season-Are You ready?

California OES-Winter Wise

FEMA-Flood Smart Insurance Program

California Dept. of Water Resources

Sandbagging 

The use of sandbags is a simple, but effective way to prevent or reduce flood water damage. Properly filled and placed sandbags can act as a barrier to divert moving water around instead of through buildings. Sandbag construction does not, however, guarantee a water tight seal.

The most commonly used bags are untreated burlap sacks available at feed or hardware stores. Empty bags can be stockpiled for several years if properly stored. Filled bags of earth material will deteriorate quickly.

A heavy bodied or sandy soil is most desirable for filling sandbags, but any usable material at or near the site has definite advantages. Fine sand could leak out through the weave in the bag. To prevent this, double bag the material. Gravelly or rocky soils are generally poor choices because of their permeability characteristic.

Sandbag barriers can easily be constructed by two people, as most individuals have the physical capabilities to carry or drag a sandbag weighing around 30 pounds.

Filling Sandbags

Filling Sandbags is a two-person operation. One member of the team places the empty bag between or slightly in front of widespread feet with arms extended. The throat of the bag is folded to form a collar and held with the hands in position. The other team member carefully empties a rounded shovel full of material into the open end. The person holding the sack should be standing with knees slightly flexed and head and face as far away from the action of the shovel as practical. The use of safety goggles and gloves is desirable and sometimes necessary.

Placing Sandbags

  • Remove any debris from the area where bags are to be placed.
  • Place the half-filled bags lengthwise and parallel to the direction of water flow.
  • If tied bags are used, flatten them and flare the tied end. If untied bags are used, fold the open end to form a triangle.
  • Place succeeding bags on the folded or flared portion of the previous bag and stamp into place to eliminate gaps and to form a tight seal.
  • Stagger the joint connections when multiple layers are necessary.

How to Fill a Sandbag Video