Flood Preparedness Tips

Flooding poses a serious risk to life, property and public health and safety and could cripple the state’s economy. Substantially populated counties with vulnerable populations are in flood-prone areas of southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Delta region and the Central Valley. In addition, many urban and rural areas are not protected by levees and are subject to recurring, seasonal flooding by local rivers or streams.

Winter storms in California can be deadly, causing flooding, flash floods, high coastal surf, mudslides, snowstorms and avalanches. Here’s a list of tips to follow during the different stages of a flood as it upgrades in severity from watch to warning.

When a flood WATCH is issued:
Move valuable household possessions to the upper floors of your home.
Fill your car’s gas tank in the event an evacuation order is issued.

When a flood WARNING is issued:
Tune in for information and advice to local radio and TV stations.
When told to evacuate, do so as quickly as possible.

When a flash flood WATCH is issued:
Watch for signs of flash flooding and be ready to evacuate on a moment's notice.

When a flash flood WARNING is issued:
If you believe flash flooding has begun, evacuate immediately as you may have only seconds to escape. Move to higher ground and away from rivers, streams, creeks and storm drains. Do not drive around barricades. These are placed to keep you out of harm's way. If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.

Wherever you live or travel, you should be aware of the dangers of winter storms and be prepared to cope with one. For more information on the history of flooding in your area, and how you and your family can prepare for winter, call your city or county Office of Emergency Services, or the nearest office of the National Weather Service.

Winter Weather & Flood Preparedness Brochure

Content provided by Cal Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA)

Sandbag Locations Throughout Contra Costa County

1201 W 4th St – Maintenance Center
Limit 20 - Cost: $1 - DO IT YOURSELF
Open from 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Some are left out after hours in case of emergencies

2201 Elkins Way – Public Works Department                                      
Limit 4 – already filled by gate

5901 Heritage Trail – Corp Yard                                  
1st 25 free, additional $.25 each
Limit of 100, DO IT YOURSELF

1455 Gasoline Alley – Corp Yard                                                
Limit 25 free to residents with proof of residency
Call ahead for pickup from 700 am - 500 pm weekdays
If assistance is needed, arrive before 3:30 pm

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY:                        
Richmond – 5555 Giant Hwy – West County Detention Facility south end, bring shovel
Walnut Creek – 700 Hawthorne Dr – Fire Station 4
Antioch – 1201 W 10th St – Contra Costa County Fairgrounds
Byron – 3000 Armstrong Rd – Byron Airport
Bay Point – 3105 Willow Pass Rd at Ambrose Park
Martinez/Waterbird – Public Works

7501 Schmidt Lane – Recycling + Environmental Resource Center
Limit 10 per household – No Charge
Proof of residency is required
DO IT YOURSELF – Must be an El Cerrito resident

111 Civic Dr – City Hall                                                                    
2001 Refugio Valley Road – Community Swim Center (back corner)
Corner of Sycamore/San Pablo Ave
No Limit – No Charge

3001 Camino Diablo – Public Works Dept                                              
Limit 15 – 20  No Charge
DO IT YOURSELF (there may be some filled)
Mt Diablo/Risa Rd across from the Veterans Building

End of Buckley – Rankin Park                                                      
525 Henrietta St – City Hall (bags only)
Nancy Boyd Park – Pleasant Hill Rd E and Church St
Top of F St - past Alhambra High School
Ferry/Allen - by the Kiwanis Club
No Limit – No Charge

Sandbags are not provided

Fire Station 43 – 20 Via Las Cruces                                                            
Fire Station 44 - 295 Orchard Rd.                                                              
No Limit – No Charge

St. Joseph’s School 1961 Plum St. (across from PD)
Limit 12 – No Charge
Private Company – Sugar City: 510-724-3412
800 San Pablo Ave
Sells poly bags @ $3.35 filled & $.55 empty

357 E. 12th Street – Corp Yard                                                      
Limit 10 - No Charge for Residents
Open until 3:00 pm

PLEASANT HILL:                                        
City Hall (100 Gregory) parking lot N/E corner of Gregory Lane and Trelany Rd
Hawthorne Dr East of Patterson in P Hill Middle School / dirt lot by Baseball field
Community Center parking lot, 320 Civic Dr.  behind the police department
These locations are open 24 hrs and equipped with two shovels

6 13th St – Operations Yard                                                                          
Fire Station 64 – Bayview/Carlson
West County Detention Facility - 5555 Giant Hwy
Limit of 20 per household or business

SAN PABLO:                                                        
Available at Davis Park in the 1600 block of Folsom  for residents only

Sand and bags are available at the following stations -
(residents must bring their own shovels)                                                                            
The north end of Heather Farm Park on North San Carlos Road
Larkey Park in parking lot at Buena Vista and First Ave
Fire Station 4 - 700 Hawthorne Dr (do it yourself – bring shovel)

* list updated 2/19