Residents rush to get sandbags for storm

October 12, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
An especially potent storm is expected to move into the San Francisco Bay Area late Monday and continue through Wednesday morning. That has many people worried about the potential for flooding and the need for sandbags.

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The distribution of sandbags began early at the San Francisco Department of Public Works center on Monday. By the early afternoon, all 1,600 sandbags that they had on hand were gone, so they had to bring in more.

Many were so anxious to get them that they were willing to wait in long lines. More than 200 people showed up at the facility Monday. Each person can receive 10 sandbags for free.

"We've never had this many people show up all in one day, at the same time, and so we're doing our very best to make sure that everybody gets the sandbags," said Mohammed Nuru with the Department of Public Works.

Over the last five years the city of San Francisco has spent some $5 million to upgrade its sewer and storm water system.

Sandbags are now available for Bay Area residents who live in flood-prone areas to pick up at numerous locations.

Peninsula

  • Redwood City, the Public Works Services building at 1400 Broadway St. There is a 24-bag limit.
  • Unincorporated San Mateo County, Grant Corp. yard, 752 Chestnut St. Redwood City
  • Princeton Corporation Yard, 203 Cornell Ave., Princeton-by-the-Sea
  • Pescadero Corporation Yard, 1000 Pescadero Creek Rd.
  • Pescadero High School, 350 Butano Cutoff Rd.
  • La Honda Corporation Yard, 59 Entrada Way

San Francisco

  • Department of Public Works Corporation Yard at 2323 Cesar Chavez Street. The entrance is at Kansas and Marin streets, and there is a limit of 10 sandbags per address.

East Bay

  • Unincorporated Alameda County, the Maintenance & Operations Department, 951 Turner Ct., Hayward
  • San Miguel Fire Station, 20336 San Miguel Ave., Castro Valley
  • Cull Canyon Fire Station, 19780 Cull Canyon Rd., Castro Valley
  • Public Works Operations Building, 4825 Gleason Dr., Dublin.

For tips and flooding resources, visit www.sfgov.org/dpw.

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