Monsoon flooding is a yearly concern for Arizona residents, whether you're in the city or in a rural area.
According to the 2020 Monsoon Season Outlook, its unclear exactly how much rain we'll likely get by the time the season comes to a close.
Regardless, Adam Stein, Marshal of the Town of Cave Creek says, "with the recent wildland fires here, flooding will be a real concern, unfortunately."
Valley cities and surrounding areas are offering sandbags to help you reduce flooding around your property during the season.
Use the interactive map or list below to find the locations near you.
Apache Junction/Gold Canyon
The city's website lists three locations where free sandbag resources are provided. You'll need to bring your own tools.
- 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’s Public Works Department offers free sand and bags to residents at the Municipal Operations Service Center located at 395 E. Lower Buckeye Rd. You must bring your own shovel to fill the bags. If you need assistance, call Public Works at 623-333-4400. Click here for more information.
As in the past, the City of Buckeye has a sand pile available at Public Works, located at 23454 MC 85. Residents can bring their own sandbags and fill them.
Cave Creek will be offering sandbags by appointment only. Call the Town of Cave Creek Marshal’s Office at 480-488-6636.
Chandler fire officials say, "if the need arises due to a large storm, we will have sand delivered to a station or our headquarters and announce the location. We will also provide bags and someone to help with filling should the need arise."
The city will provide sandbag resources at three locations:
- Bonsall Park North, located at the NE corner of 59th Ave & Bethany Home Rd
- Glendale Fire Department Support Services, located at 7501 N 55th Ave
- Glendale Community Center North, located at 14075 N 59th Ave
According to their website, residents must bring a shovel to fill up sandbags that are provided at three locations:
- Thomas Park: Thomas Rd & 144th Ave in the east parking lot
- Roscoe Dog Park: (Estrella Parkway, south of MC 85), 15600 West Roeser Road
- Goodyear Fire Station 182: 10701 South Estrella Parkway
The city of Mesa will provide fill-your-own and pre-filled sandbags:
- 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)
Peoria has sand and sandbags located at seven fire stations. The locations are:
- Fire Station 191: 8065 W Peoria Ave.
- Fire Station 192: 18500 N 89th Ave.
- Fire Station 193: 8330 E Emile Zola Ave.
- Fire Station 194: 9800 W Olive Ave.
- Fire Station 196: 28251 N El Mirage Rd.
- Fire Station 197: 7758 W Jomax Rd.
The City of Phoenix is providing sandbags this year on an as-needed basis. When that determination is made, a list of locations will be provided online, here.
"Sand will only be available when there is a definite need and will be dispatched to areas impacted by the storm. When the sand distribution is activated a list of locations will appear on this page. Supplies are limited. You must bring your own bags and shovels," the city writes on its website.
Pinal County offers sandbags and sand at multiple locations. You’ll need to bring your own shovel and there is a limit 0f 25 bags per household. Officials suggest calling ahead to make sure someone is on-site. Click here for full site info, hours and contacts for each site.
- Apache Junction: 305 E Superstition Blvd
- Arizona City: 7945 W Battaglia Dr.
- Casa Grande: 22539 W Peters Rd.
- Florence: 12725 E Adamsville Rd.
- Kearny: 54970 E. Florence-Kelvin Hwy.
- Maricopa: 49310 W Meadowview Rd.
- Oracle: 1410 N Justice Dr.
- San Tan Valley: 3535 E Hunt Hwy.
The Town of Queen Creek will have sand and bags available at Fire Station 2, located at 24787 S. Sossaman Road. Individuals will need to bring their own shovels.
The city says during storms, "the city may make sand and sandbags available to help residents protect their property." According to their website, "when available, sandbag information and pickup location" will be posted on their homepage.
The City of Tempe has sand and bags available at two locations throughout monsoon (June 15 through Sept. 30). The bags can be picked up 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Prior to a major storm event, bags are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Remember to bring a shovel and a helper. The two locations are:
- Solid Waste Compost Facility: 1001 N. Rio Road (access drive north of Rio Salado Parkway and Hardy Drive, near free compost)
- Benedict Sports Complex: 490 W. Guadalupe Road (northwest corner of Guadalupe and Kyrene roads, east side of parking lot)
Sandbags and sand are located at 500 Coney Orosco Dr. Shovels are available, but it is a good idea to bring your own.
This list is not exhaustive, and some municipalities did not respond as of the time of this publishing. Be sure to check with your local government to see what resources are available to you during monsoon storms.