Northern California cities offering sandbags ahead of rain storm

Business owners, as well as residents, can pick up sandbags at certain locations in cities by providing them for free.

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, Calif. – A Pacific storm cycle forecast for Dec. 12 is expected to bring most of northern California several inches of rain and even more snow – prompting many cities to offer sandbags in anticipation of the storm.

Local towns providing sandbags to residents and business owners include:

Citrus heights

Proof of residence will be required to pick up sandbags Monday through Friday at City Hall on 6360 Fountain Square Promenade between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. A sand self-service for bags will also be at the town hall, as well as the C-Bar-C Park on 8275 Oak Avenue.


City officials announced Friday that people can pick up sandbags from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Fairfield’s Public Works Corp. Yard the 420 Gregory Street. There is a 10 bag limit and the Corp. Yard is closed every Friday and weekend.

People can bring their shovels and put sand in the bags at two self-serve locations; Cordelia Road and Pittman Road and Allan Witt Park along Avenue Woolner.


Two self-service handbag stations have opened in Folsom, one next to Fire Station 36 at 9700 Oak Ave. Parkway and another behind City Hall at 50 Natoma St.

Free sandbag materials, including bags, sand and shovels, will be made available to residents and merchants.

Nevada County

Four locations across the county will host free sand and self-serve sandbag pickups. They include:

  • California State Route 49 and East Broad St. near Nevada County Warehouse at city ​​in nevada.
  • North San Juan Community Hall on 10057 Reservoir Street in North of San Juan.
  • Higgins Fire Department Sur 10106 Combie Road. in Auburn.
  • Penn Valley Fire Protection District Sur 10513 Spenceville Rd. in Penn Valley.

If a station needs more sand or sandbags, contact the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services at (530) 265-1515 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.


Sand, sandbags and shovels are available for Rocklin residents at Johnson-Springview Park in the gravel parking lot near the community center on 5840 5th street.


Three Sacramento County self-serve sandbag locations are open of the nine available locations. The three include:

  • County branch center on 3847 Branch Center Road.
  • Orangevale Community Center on 6826 Hazel Ave. in orangevale.
  • Westside Park on 6555 West 2nd Street. in Rio Linda.

Bernard P. Love