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 sand and bags.
This map and the following list will be updated as new information comes in.
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 serve 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.
The Town of Cave Creek does offer sandbags, by appointment. To make an appointment, call the Cave Creek Marshal's Office at 480-488-6636 to schedule. Their address is 37622 N. Cave Creek Rd.
**UPDATE 8/14/18: The Chandler Fire Department encourages its community to practice good habits in preparedness. When potential flooding is possible from significant storms, sand and bags will be available at Fire Headquarters located at 151 E. Boston St during normal business hours. To verify current availability of sand and bags please call 480-782-2120. For additional information about Chandler Fire Departments services you can visit their website.
Due to heavy monsoon moisture, sandbags are available for residents to fill and take away at multiple locations in Flagstaff. The bags are available on a first come first serve basis. Residents should come with a shovel to fill their bags.
- The east and west ends of East Elder Drive in Siler Homes
- 1701 Ponderosa Parkway (past Fire Station #2 on the right)
- Aztec Street, near Francis Short Pond
Gilbert Fire and Rescue says 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's Parks and Recreation Department provides sand for bags but not the bags themselves. The sand is available when it looks like storms are coming.
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)
- 55th Avenue and Orangewood (by the park)
- Glendale Community Center/Fire Station 153 (14061 N. 59th Ave., between Thunderbird Road and Acoma Drive)
The City of Goodyear makes sand and bags available, but residents will need to bring their own shovels. The city's website has more information.
- Thomas Park (Thomas Road and 144th Avenue in the east parking lot)
- Roscoe Dog Park (Estrella Pkwy south of MC-85), 15600 W. Roeser Rd.
- Goodyear Fire Station 182, 10701 S. Estrella Pkwy.
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.
The City of Phoenix has eight locations offering sand for sandbags. You do need to bring your own bags and shovels.
(D1) Paseo Highlands Park: 3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Road
(D2) Paradise Valley Park: 17642 N. 40th St.
(D3) Moon Valley Park: 502 W. Coral Gables Drive
(D4) Encanto Park: 2121 N. 15th Avenue
(D5) El Oso Park: 3451 N. 75th Avenue
(D6) Pecos Park: 17010 S. 48th St
(D7) Cesar Chavez Park: 7858 S. 35th Ave
(D8) Esteban Park: 3345 E. Roeser Road
Pinal County says they provide sandbags and sand only, and that residents need to bring their own shovels to load the bags. There is a limit of 25 bags per household. All locations will have signs directing residents to fill locations. Please call ahead to confirm someone is on site when you go there:
- Apache Junction Maintenance Area: 305 E. Superstition Blvd., 6 a.m - 4 p.m. Call 520-866-6183 (Tuesday-Friday) or 520-866-6197 (Monday-Thursday)
- Arizona City Maintenance Area: 7945 W Battaglia Dr., 5 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Call 520-866-7737 (Monday-Thursday) or 520-866-7736 (Tuesday-Friday)
- Casa Grande Maintenance Area: 22539 W. Peters Rd., 5 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Call 520-866-7470 (Monday-Thursday) or 520-866-7471 (Tuesday-Friday)
- Hidden Valley Maintenance Area: 43910 W. Meadowview Rd., 5:30 am. - 4 p.m. Call 520-866-6065 (Monday-Thursday) or 520-866-6064 (Tuesday-Friday)
- Oracle Maintenance Area: 1410 N. Justice Dr., 5:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call 520-896-2272 (Monday-Thursday) or 520-896-227 (Tuesday-Friday)
- Riverside Maintenance Area: 54970 E. Florence-Kelvin Hwy., 5:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call 520-363-9820 (Monday-Thursday)
- San Tan Maintenance Area: 3535 E. Hunt Hwy., 5 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Call 520-866-7044 (Tuesday-Friday) or 520-866-7043 (Monday-Thursday)
- Waste Tire: 12725 E. Adamsville Rd., 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Call 520-866-6685 (Monday-Thursday)
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)
During monsoon season the City of Scottsdale will have two self-service sandbag stations for residents to fill sandbags. These sandbag stations will be stocked with sand, sandbags and shovels for residents to fill sandbags when needed for heavy rain events. Information about when sandbag stations will be available will be posted at www.ScottsdaleAZ.gov. These locations are:
- The city’s North Corporation Yard, 9379 E. San Salvador in Scottsdale
- Scottsdale Police Department District 1 Station, 7601 E. McKellips Rd. in Scottsdale
- Additional locations may be added as they become needed
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 623-222-1900.
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: 1001 N Rio Road, 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.