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People Encouraged to Protect their Properties, Keep Roadways and Storm Drains Clear

December 12, 2012 (San Diego County)--Winter rain is on its way, and San Diego County’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is once again giving away free sandbags to people in unincorporated communities to help them protect their homes, neighborhoods and streets from flooding, erosion, mud and debris flows.

Just bring a shovel to one of seven fire stations and DPW will provide the free bags and sand to fill them! (An eighth fire station is offering bags only.)

“We don’t want to see anyone’s home or property damaged by the flooding and erosion that rains can create,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Ron Roberts, “That’s why we offer this free program year after year and encourage everyone to take advantage of it.”

Because San Diego County is dry most of the year, heavy rains can create severe soil erosion, damage homes and properties, flood roads, and clog storm drains and culverts.

Residents who live in unincorporated communities can get free sandbags at these locations:

  • Alpine, Alpine Fire Protection District, Station 17, 1364 Tavern Road (BAGS ONLY).
  • Bonita, Bonita/Sunnyside Fire Department, 4900 Bonita Road.
  • Dulzura, Cal Fire Station 30, 17304 Highway 94.
  • Fallbrook, North County Fire Protection District, Station 4: 4375 Pala Mesa Drive.
  • Julian, Cal Fire Station 50: 1587 Highway 78.
  • Pauma Valley-Rincon, Cal Fire Station 70: 16971 Highway 76.
  • Ramona, 3410 Dye Road, Ramona, CA .
  • Valley Center, Cal Fire Station 73: 28205 N. Lake Wohlford Road.

For more information about the County Department of Public Works and its services, please visit  

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