SAN DIEGO–With rain in the forecast for this weekend, the City of San Diego is making storm preparations and reminds city residents that free sandbags are available at one centrally located recreation center in each city Council District.
Sandbags are in limited supply. Residents with identification showing proof of residency can get up to 10 empty bags. Sandbags are available anytime between 1 and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Sandbags are available at the following locations only:
Council District 1
Standley Recreation Center
3585 Governor Drive, San Diego 92122
Council District 6
North Clairemont Recreation Center
4421 Bannock Ave., San Diego 92117
Council District 2
Robb Athletic Field
2525 Bacon St., San Diego 92107, Council District 7
Allied Gardens Recreation Center
5155 Greenbrier Ave., San Diego 92120
Council District 3
Golden Hill Recreation Center
2600 Golf Course Drive, San Diego 92102
Council District 8
San Ysidro Community Activity Center
179 Diza Road, San Diego 92173
Council District 4
Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center
6401 Skyline Drive, San Diego 92114
Council District 9
City Heights Recreation Center
4380 Landis St., San Diego 92105
Council District 5
Scripps Ranch Recreation Center
11454 Blue Cypress Drive, San Diego 92131
City preparations for the impending rain are underway including placing “no parking signs” in low-lying and other flood prone areas, sweeping critical locations around drains and inlets that typically experience heavy debris build-up, monitoring storm drain locations, and installing bypass pumps where the infrastructure may be overwhelmed by storm waters. During the rains, 15 crews from the City’s Storm Patrol will be actively patrolling, monitoring areas in the city and responding to instances including temporary flooding and downed trees or tree branches.
Just as preparations are underway city-wide, residents can individually prepare for the rains and help reduce the risk of flooding near their homes and properties by engaging in a few simple steps:
Sweep and pick up trash, leaves, grass clippings and other debris that collects around the storm drains and curb gutters near your home.
Visit the original site of Gutterilla, and learn a few tips from professionals to keep your gutters in best shape. Try to make sure that yeep the lid securely closed on trash and recycle bins when placing them out on the street for collection and place each bin approximately 2 to 3 feet away from the curb so as not to impede the storm water flowing on the street.
Know the safest routes to and from your home or property should flooding occur. Slow down and do not drive, ride or walk through flood waters.
Residents can report events such as flooding or downed trees by using the Get It Done application or by calling 619-527-7500. As always, please call 9-1-1 in the event of a life-threatening emergency.
For more information and resources on how to prepare before the rains and what to do during and after the rains, visit the City’s Storm Preparedness page.