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People Encouraged to Protect their Properties and Keep Rains From Washing Away Soil


November 18, 2010 (San Diego)--With storms expected this weekend and the rainy season looming, the County Department of Public Works reminds people in unincorporated areas that they can get free sandbags to protect their homes, neighborhoods and streets from becoming damaged by mud, flooding and soil runoff.


The Department of Public Works provides sand and bags for free at seven locations, and encourages residents to stock up. Heavy rains can cause severe soil erosion, especially in areas that aren’t covered by lawns, trees, shrubs and other foliage. In addition to damaging people’s properties, erosion and runoff can create flooding, block roads, and clog sewers and culverts, creating even more damage.

To get free sandbags, residents who live in unincorporated areas just need to bring their own shovel to any of the following locations:
• Valley Center, CAL FIRE Station 73: 28205 N. Lake Wohlford Road.
• Valley Center, CAL FIRE Station 70: 16971 Highway 76.
• Julian, CAL FIRE Station 50: 1587 Highway 78.
• Alpine Fire Protection District, Station 17: 1364 Tavern Road.
• Ramona, CAL FIRE Mount Woodson Station: 16310 Highway 67.
• Fallbrook, North County Fire Protection District, Station 4: 4375 Pala Mesa Drive.
• Dulzura, CAL FIRE Station 30: 17304 Highway 94.

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


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