Tucson makes sandbags available ahead of monsoon

Tucson makes sandbags available ahead of monsoon

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The city of Tucson wants to help residents prepare for monsoon 2018.

A self-serve sandbag site is now open in the east parking lot of Hi Corbett Field. Residents worried about flooding near their homes or businesses can fill up sandbags 24/7.

The city will provide bags; however, you must bring your own shovel. The address is: 700 S. Randolph Way at Reid Park.

Residents like Chuck Purcell say the time to prepare is now. He recently moved back to Tucson after living in Hawaii for 10 years. He's been doing yard work around his home before the storms roll in.

"Trimming the trees cutting these back, thinning them out getting rid of the mistletoe and just trying to make sure that everything is up and out of the way and safe for when it does come," Purcell said.

Although he's been away, he knows how bad the storms can be.

"I just saw the aftermath the next morning. It was at night when we had the big storms and it was a roaring river out there. We could hear it inside the house and you could just see the leftover limbs that had washed through. We walked through the wash quite a bit and you could see where it had gone through and up in the trees six feet high," Purcell said.

The city's transportation department will also distribute free sandbags at the rodeo grounds. City workers will be on-hand to load bags onto vehicles.

The service is available every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is a 10-bag limit at both locations.

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