TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Monsoon 2019 officially began on Saturday, June 15.
The Tucson Department of Transportation has opened its self-serve sandbag distribution site at Hi Corbett Field in the east parking lot.
Those who need them can stop by 24/7 and fill up their own sandbags to protect their property during aggressive monsoon storms. The city is providing bags, however, people are urged to bring their own shovel.
Those not able to fill their own sandbags, can pick up already filled ones at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. City workers will be on hand to load them into your car.
There is a 10-bag limit at both of these locations.
Both of these services are part of Operation Splash which runs through the monsoon.
To learn more about the initiative click HERE.
The town of Marana will be handing out sandbags to Marana residents on Tuesday, Aug. 6.
Sandbag distributions will be at the following locations:
- Marana Operations Center (5100 W. Ina Road)
- Marana Heritage River Park (12205 N. Tangerine Farms Road)
There is a limit of 10 sandbags per vehicle.
Additional distribution dates will be added to the schedule based upon public demand and weather projections.
For more information, please contact Public Works at (520) 382-2536, or follow the town of Marana on Facebook and Twitter.
The Town of Oro Valley will provide free sandbags for residents who may need to protect areas of their homes from storm runoff. Sandbags are available for pick up through the duration of the 2019 monsoon season.
- Due to a limited number of supplies, only town residents are eligible, and there is a limit of 10 sandbags per vehicle.
Sandbags are self-service. Residents will need to bag and load their own sandbags. Please remember to bring a shovel. The pickup location is at Naranja Park, 810 W. Naranja Drive. Follow the signs to the area known locally as the “Christmas tree recycling lot,” just north of the archery range, on the east side of the road.
Residents who require assistance may make an appointment with town staff to pick up pre-bagged sand at a designated time. To book an appointment, or for any questions, please contact Constituent Services Coordinator Jessica Hynd at 520-229-4711 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cochise County Public Works is once again providing free sand and sandbags, to those who need them, at locations throughout the area. And this year, citizens will have access to an online map where they can get up-to-date information on flooded and closed roads.
“As details come in to the County, we will update the map in real time to help our residents navigate roads safely,” said Gabe Lavine, Emergency Services Coordinator, in a recent release.
The map can be accessed at https://www.cochise.az.gov/emergency
The County is also asking residents to heed warning signs during monsoon events, particularly when it comes to road closures.
“Do not cross flooded washes and please do not drive around barricades,” said Lavine. “Several people had to be rescued last year because they ignored this advice. Turn around, don’t drown.”
Sand and sandbags are available across Cochise County, but residents will need to bring their own shovels and fill the bags themselves. To prevent the bags from disintegrating, they will be placed inside a metal drum next to the sand at the following locations - Monday to Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. :
- Bisbee Road Yard, 1229 Hereford Road
- Douglas Road Yard, 3665 N. Leslie Canyon Road
- Willcox Road Yard, 500 W. Railroad Avenue
- Benson Road Yard, 901 E. 4th Street
- Elfrida Road Yard, 3988 W. Thompson Road
- Cochise County Hereford Pit Material Yard – approximately half mile east of Y Lightning Road. This location has limited hours during the work week of Monday to Thursday. Please call (520) 432-9310.
Sandbags are available at any time at the following locations:
- Coronado Lakes Estates (Douglas) — off Cipriano Dr. at the Water Tanks
- Willow Lakes Subdivision (Benson) — at the Water Tank
- Elfrida Fire Department, 10293 N. Central Highway
- Whetstone Fire District, 2422 N. Firehouse Ln., Whetstone
- Palominas Fire (Hereford Station), 10202 E. Highway 92
- Palominas Fire (Miracle Valley Station) 9695 E. Highway 92
- Portal Area – Intersection of Foothills & Portal Road
- Bowie Area – 766 W. Business Loop off I-10
For information on monsoon safety and sandbag availability visit https://www.cochise.az.gov/highway-and-floodplain/monsoon-awareness