Sandbags available in anticipation of heavy storms forecast at Queen Creek

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In anticipation of the storm, as well as the expected rain throughout the weekend, sandbags are available at Queen Creek Fire Station 2. Residents are reminded to bring their own shovel and only fill bags half full.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flash flood watch for August 19–20; heavy rains are expected in the region. Travel should be avoided during heavy rain, if possible; if displacement is unavoidable, do not drive on flooded roads and avoid barricades.

In anticipation of the storm, as well as the expected rain throughout the weekend, sandbags are available at Queen Creek Fire Station 2. Residents are reminded to bring their own shovel and only fill bags half full.

Fire Station 2 is located at 24787 S. Sossaman Road.

Make a sandbag barrier (video)

Sandbags can be helpful in redirecting stormwater and debris flow away from your home. To ensure sandbags are properly filled and maintained:

  • Half fill the sandbags. Use sand if readily available, otherwise use soil.
  • Fold the top of the sandbag down and lay the bag on its folded top. Be careful when stacking the sandbags.
  • Limit placement to three layers, unless a building is used as support or sandbags are placed in a pyramid.
  • Tamp each sandbag in place, completing each layer before starting a new layer. Clear a path between buildings for the debris flow.
  • Place a plastic sheet between the building and the bags to control the flow and prevent water from seeping into the sliding glass doors.

What to expect

There are limits to what sandbags can do, so remember:

  • Sandbags will not seal water.
  • Sandbags deteriorate when exposed to continuous wetting and drying for several months.
  • If the bags are placed too early, they may not be effective when needed.
  • Sandbags are intended for protection against small water flows – up to 2 feet.

Severe weather look means residents should be prepared, as there is a risk of severe weather in the area.

Severe weather Attention means of action, severe weather has been reported in the area.

For more resources on the Queen Creek storm, visit QueenCreekAZ.gov/storms.

For more information on security, visit the National Weather Service Phoenix office.

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