As this week’s storm approaches, poised to be one whopper of several strong systems, it might be best to prepare accordingly. If you haven’t already, one way is to sandbag your doorways and other areas prone to flooding. Luckily, many places give them out for free or very little charge.
Some places require you to fill the bags yourselves. So be prepared to shovel/bring a shovel. It’s wet out right now, sure. But if there’s a break, it might be best to get sandbagging.
Here’s a list of where in the Bay Area you can get sandbags.
Public Works (Marin Street/Kansas Street, not the nightclub) will provide SF residents and business up to 10 free sandbags leading up to and during storms. Bring proof of residency.
951 Turner Court, Hayward
4825 Gleason Drive, Dublin
3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point (Bring a shovel. Bags are located in a large green plastic trash bin on the west side of the parking lot next to the fence line approximately 3/4 of the way back to the playing fields.)
Byron Airpot: 500 Eagle Court, Byron (Bring a shovel. Bags are located in front of the pump house near the flag pole.)
The City of Oakland provides emergency sandbags and plastic sheeting when heavy rains are forecast. ID required to show residency.
- Municipal Service Center, 7101 Edgewater Drive (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m; Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; after hours 4:30 p.m. - 8 a.m.)
- Drainage Services Facility, 5921 Shepherd Canyon (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m; after hours, 4:30 p.m. - 8 a.m.)
San Mateo County
Atherton: Public Works Corporation Yard, Dinkelspiel Station Lane near Fair Oaks
Redwood City: 752 Chestnut Road, Redwood City (650) 363-4103
La Honda: La Honda Corporation Yard, 59 Entrada Way, La Honda (650) 747-0341
Half Moon Bay : Princeton Corporation Yard, 203 Cornell Avenue, Half Moon Bay (650) 728-7993
Pescadero: Pescadero High School, 350 Butano Cutoff Road, Pescadero
Half Moon Bay: City Hall, 501 Main Street
Hillsborough: Parking lot on the North side of Town Hall, at 1600 Floribunda Ave
San Carlos: Corporation Yard employee parking lot, 1000 Branston Road
San Mateo: 2015 Detroit Dr. San Mateo; 1949 Pacific Blvd., San Mateo
South San Francisco: Public Works building, 550 North Canal Street
Woodside: Town Hall parking lot, 2955 Woodside Road
- Stormwatch: Bay Area sandbags [ABC 7]
- Sandbags [Public Works]
- Sandbag pick up [Oakland]