Queen Creek offers residents sandbags, advice to help deal with flash flood watch

Queen Creek residents may obtain sand and sandbags from the town in anticipation of the flood floods being predicted for today and tomorrow. (Courtesy of the town of Queen Creek)

Queen Creek residents may obtain sand and sandbags from the town in anticipation of the flood floods being predicted for today and tomorrow. (Courtesy of the town of Queen Creek)

 

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the Phoenix area, including the town of Queen Creek. Afternoon thunderstorms have the potential to produce locally heavy rain, up to 2 inches, according to a press release from the town.

The current flash flood watch is in effect until 9 p.m. tonight, Sept. 21.

In preparation for the storm, the town of Queen Creek is offering sandbags to residents. Sandbags are available at the corner of Ellsworth Road and Crewse Lane (across from Founders’ Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road, and just south of the dog park), and at Fire Station 2, 24787 S. Sossaman Road.

Residents will need to bring their own shovels. Sandbags should only be filled half-full. Pre-made sandbags are available for residents of Goldmine Estates at the entrance to the community. Sandbags can be used to redirect small amounts of storm water and debris, typically up to 2 feet.

To create a sandbag barrier, the town of Queen Creek recommends the following:

•Fill the bag half-full.
•Fold the top of the sandbag and rest the bag on the fold, and continue stacking the sandbags with care.
•Limit to three layers unless there is a building being used as support, or they are placed in a pyramid.
•Tamp each sandbag into place, completing each layer before starting a new one.
•Ensure there is a path for the water and debris that are being redirected.
•Lay a plastic sheet between the building and the bags.

Residents are also reminded to avoid travel during flash floods. Most flash flood deaths occur in vehicles; moving water 1-2 feet deep will carry away most vehicles, according to the release. If travel is inevitable, do not drive into flooded roadways or go around barricades. Additionally, do not play or allow children to play in flood waters.

For more safety information, visit the National Weather Service Phoenix Office website.

For more information about sandbags, call the town at 480-358-3000.

The Queen Creek Independent is mailed each month to 35,000 homes.

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