Where to get sand and bags during the 2017 monsoon

Valley storms are sure to bring their share of dust storms, thunder, lightning and of course, heavy rain.  

Cities around the Valley are again offering free sandbags to help you prepare and protect your home.   

Find your city below for information on how and where to get sandbags. Some municipalities have also provided city-specific information for monsoon season.  

This map and the following list will be updated as new information comes in. Continue on to the next page for more info:


In the event of heavy rains and potential flooding, the city of Apache Junction and the SFMD continue to provide free sandbags to our area residents. Citizens need to bring necessary tools to fill their own bags and arrange pickup and delivery. The sand bins and bags would be available around the clock at the locations listed below:

  • Fire Station 261, 1135 W. Superstition Blvd., Apache Junction
  • Fire Station 262, 3955 W. Superstition Blvd., Apache Junction
  • Fire Station 264, 7557 E. U.S. Highway 60, Gold Canyon



The City of Avondale offers sand and bags for residents when flood watches are issued. Residents need to bring their own shovels to fill the bags. Anyone needing assistance can call Public Works at 623-333-4400 to make arrangements. Get sand and bags at the address below:

  • Avondale Municipal Operations Center, 399 E. Lower Buckeye Road, Avondale



The City of Buckeye says it provides sand when an "impending, significant storm with potential flooding is in the forecast for our residents." 

Sand is available at the Public Works Yard (23454 MC 85) from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. It's on a first come, first service basis. 

Residents are limited to 20 bags and need to bring their own bags, as well as have a proof of residency in Buckeye.  

More info can be found online.



Chandler Fire Department offers sandbags at their fire training center, located at 3550 S. Dobson Rd., located north of the Intel in southwest Chandler.  



Gilbert residents can pick up free sand and bags at the following locations: 

  • Station 251 (2730 E Williams Field Rd.)
  • Station 253 (1011 E Guadalupe Rd.)
  • Station 2511 (2860 E. Riggs Rd.)



The City of Glendale says when monsoon storms are in the forecast, free sand, bags and ties are available at the following locations: 

  • Bonsall Park North (northeast corner of 59th Avenue and Bethany Home Road, next to the hockey rink)
  • Glendale Fire Department Support Services, 7501 N. 55th Ave. (near Orangewood and 55th avenues)
  • Glendale Community Center/Fire Station 153 (14061 N. 59th Ave., between Thunderbird Road and Acoma Drive)



The City of Goodyear's Public Works Department places sand piles and sandbags at the following locations:

  • Goodyear Community Park, 3151 N. Litchfield Rd.
  • Roscoe Dog Park, 15600 W. Roeser Rd.
  • Fire Station 182, 10701 S. Estrella Pkwy

Residents should be aware that the city does not offer shovels or assistance. Public Works will determine when and where all public sandbag locations will be held. Sandbags are not available at all times.



The City will provide sand and bags at two locations this year. The locations have black boxes with bags inside, as well as filling instructions. Residents will need to bring their own shovels for the sand. 

  • East side of town at the cul-de-sac at the end of West Bowlin Road (near Fire Station 572)
  • West side of town on the corner of Madison Avenue and Wilson Road (in front of the old City Hall)



Generally, the following locations will have sand and bags, but you will need to bring your own shovel:

  • Fire Station 202, 830 S. Stapley Drive
  • Fire Station 204, 1426 S. Extension
  • Fire Station 205, 730 S. Greenfield
  • Fire Station 209, 7035 E. Southern
  • Fire Station 212, 2430 S. Ellsworth
  • Transportation Building, 300 E. 6th St. (west side of building) 
  • East Mesa Service Center, 6935 E. Decatur (front parking lot) 

Before you head out, you can call 480-644-2160 for information on Mesa sandbag availability. You can also get more monsoon safety tips here



Peoria Fire stations offer sand and bags to anyone concerned about flooding around their homes. Residents will need to bring shovels and bag sand themselves, but sand and bags will be provided.

Peoria Fire stations are located at the following addresses:

  • Fire Station 191, 8065 W. Peoria Avenue
  • Fire Station 192, 18500 N. 89th Avenue
  • Fire Station 193, 8330 W. Emile Zola
  • Fire Station 194, 9800 W. Olive Avenue
  • Fire Station 195, 23100 N. Lake Pleasant Parkway
  • Fire Station 196, 28251 N. El Mirage Road
  • Fire Station 197, 7758 W. Jomax Road

For more monsoon safety tips and emergency numbers, click here.



Phoenix Fire Department will no longer be providing sandbags to city residents due to safety and injury concerns. 

Phoenix residents should prepare for storms before they happen with tools and equipment from hardware or home improvement stores.

The City of Phoenix says they will not have designated spots to pick up sand throughout the season, but will provide sand at locations depending on storm locations. Any availability will be posted online

They're urging residents to check out long-term flooding fixes



Pinal County Contact Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday to help coordinate assistance with sandbags at your nearest location. They can be reached at 520-509-3555 or toll-free at 1-888-431-1311. If you need assistance after working hours, call the Pinal County Sheriff's Department at 520-866-5111 to get in contact with an on-call employee from the Public Works department.

According to Public Works, the following locations will provide materials for sandbags:

  • Apache Junction Maintenance Area, 305 E. Superstition Blvd.
  • Arizona City Maintenance Area, 7495 W. Battaglia Dr.
  • Casa Grande Maintenance Area, 22539 W. Peters Rd.
  • Hidden Valley Maintenance Area, 43910 W. Meadowview Rd.
  • Oracle Maintenance Area, 1410 N. Justice Dr.
  • Riverside Maintenance Area, 54970 E. Florence-Kelvin Hwy. in Kearney
  • San Tan Maintenance Area, 3535 E. Hunt Hwy.
  • Waste Tire, 12725 E. Adamsville Rd. in Florence

The Department of Public Works says each yard location will have sandbag signs set out at sand and bag location for easy pick-up for Pinal County residents.



During storm events the city will have sandbags available to residents. They ask residents to bring a shovel and only fill bags half full.

Sandbags will be available at the following locations:

  • Fire Station 2, 24787 S. Sossaman Road (Sossaman Road/Riggs Road)



According to the City of Scottsdale, Scottsdale may make sand and sandbags available during monsoon emergencies. If sandbags are available, residents can check the website homepage for information and pickup locations. 



Surprise Public Works Department provides sand and bags for free to residents. Those taking advantage of the free sand and bags will need to bring their own shovels. If you need help with sandbags, call 623-222-6000.

The following locations will have sand and bags, according to the city:

  • 3 Star Park, 15825 N. Jerry Street (South Side Parking Area off of Jerry Street)
  • Bell Road Lake (south side), 15105 W. Bell Road
  • South Plant (north gate), 11401 N. 136th Avenue
  • Water Well site, 16849 W. Jomax Road
  • Westgate city facility, 13430 W. Westgate Drive
  • Ashton Ranch Water Supply Facility 15151 W. Greenway Road
  • Old City Hall recycle bin site, 12425 W. Bell Road
  • Fire Station 302 recycle bin site, 18600 Reems Road
  • DreamCatcher Park recycle bin site, 14534 W.Tierra Buena
  • Next to Villanueva Center, 15616 N. Hollyhock St.



Beginning June 1, Tempe will have sand, bags and shovels available at two locations for self-service: 

  • Solid Waste Compost Facility: access drive north of Rio Salado Parkway and Hardy Drive
  • Benedict Sports Complex: 490 W. Guadalupe Road, northwest corner of Guadalupe and Kyrene roads, east side of parking lot



The Town of Wickenburg provides free sandbags to residents all year. They can be found at the Public Works Maintenance Facility at 500 Coney Orosco Dr. Generally, a few thousand sandbags are in stock. 


Is your city not listed? Some parts of the Valley are not participating in sand and bag services or have not yet provided current information to ABC15. 

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