Public Safety

County Offers Free Sand, Sandbags before Storm

With heavy rains expected, the County Department of Public Works is once again offering free sand and bags to residents in the unincorporated areas to help protect homes, neighborhoods and streets from flooding and erosion.

Current forecasts are predicting rain could fall Thursday night and Friday. The region is still suffering through record levels of drought this year. Because of that, rains could trigger erosion and even debris flow, especially in areas that aren’t covered by lawns, trees, shrubs and plants.

Water runoff, mud and debris swept downstream by rains can damage homes, clog storm drains and culverts and flood roadways.

Locations for free sand and bags are listed below. Just bring a shovel to fill the sandbags and you’ll be good to go.

  • Valley Center Fire Protection District Station 2: 28205 North Lake Wohlford Road, Valley Center
  • Pauma Valley-Rincon, Cal Fire Station 70: 16971 Highway 76
  • Valley Center Cal Fire Station 50: 1587 Highway 78, Julian
  • Alpine Fire Protection District, Station 17: 1364 Tavern Road, Alpine (Bags only)
  • Ramona Station: 3410 Dye Road, Ramona
  • North County Fire Protection District, Station 4: 4375 Pala Mesa Drive, Fallbrook
  • Cal Fire Station 30: 17304 Highway 94, Dulzura
  • Bonita/Sunnyside Fire Department: 4900 Bonita Road, Bonita
  • Boulevard Fire Department: 40080 Ribbonwood Road, Boulevard

Public Works crews will post road conditions on its Twitter and Facebook pages but they will be focused on dealing with the storm so they cannot answer questions on the pages about specific roads, and drivers should be aware conditions can change rapidly.

Residents who live in the incorporated areas can contact their local fire departments or cities to see if they are offering sand and sandbags.

Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact