Sandbags now available in Queen Creek

People filled sandbags last September in Queen Creek when rain hit the east Valley hard, causing flooding Sept. 8 in many parts of Queen Creek and San Tan Valley. (Courtesy of the town of Queen Creek)

People filled sandbags in 2014 in Queen Creek when rain hit the east Valley hard, causing flooding that Sept. 8 in many parts of Queen Creek, San Tan Valley and the surrounding communities. (Courtesy of the town of Queen Creek)

 

In anticipation of rainstorms predicted for today, Jan. 5, through the end of the week, sandbags are available at Queen Creek Fire Station 2, 24787 S. Sossaman Road, and at Ellsworth Road and Crewse Lane just south of the dog park. Citizens are asked bring their own shovel and fill the bags half-full.

In addition, pre-made sandbags will be available to residents of Goldmine Estate at the entrance Gold Pan Drive, according to a press release from the town of Queen Creek.

Making a sandbag barrier

Sandbags can be useful in redirecting storm water and debris flows away from a home. To ensure that sandbags are properly filled and maintained, town officials recommend the following tips:

  • Fill sandbags half-full. Use sand if readily available, otherwise use soil.
  • Fold the top of sandbag down and rest the bag on its folded tape. Take care in stacking the sandbags.
  • Limit placement to three layers unless a building is used as a backing or sandbags are placed in a pyramid.
  • Tamp each sandbag into place, completing each layer before beginning a new layer. Clear a path between buildings for debris flow.
  • Lay a plastic sheet in-between the building and the bags to control the flow and prevent water from seeping into sliding glass doors.

What to expect

There are limits to what sandbags can do, so remember:

  • Sandbags will not seal out water.
  • Sandbags deteriorate when exposed to continued wetting and drying for several months.
  • If bags are placed too early, they may not be effective when needed.
  • Sandbags are for small water flow protection—up to 2 feet.

For more information, call the town offices at 480-358-3000 or visit the town’s website.

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