Rain, Flood, and Sandbags-Are You Ready?

Sandbag Locations within the County:

If you live within a city limits contact your cities Public Works for their locations.
If you live in the unincorporated area sand and sand bags will be at the following locations:

  • Cordelia Fire Protection District - Corner of Suisun Valley Road and Rockville Road
  • Dixon Fire Protection District - 205 Ford Way and at the end of Industrial Way (Across from Basalite)
  • Montezuma Fire Protection District - Jericho Dredging at 1285 Collinsville Road / 2151 Collinsville Road (bags only) / Fire Station 21 on North Fourth Street (bags only)
  • Suisun Fire Protection District - 4965 Clayton Road
  • Vacaville Fire Protection District - 4135 Cantelow Road

Links to other Resources and Information:

Solano County Water Agency

FEMA-Flood Season-Are You ready?

California OES-Winter Wise

FEMA-Flood Smart Insurance Program

California Dept. of Water Resources


The use of sandbags is a simple, but effective way to prevent or reduce flood water damage. Properly filled and placed sandbags can act as a barrier to divert moving water around instead of through buildings. Sandbag construction does not, however, guarantee a water tight seal.

The most commonly used bags are untreated burlap sacks available at feed or hardware stores. Empty bags can be stockpiled for several years if properly stored. Filled bags of earth material will deteriorate quickly.

A heavy bodied or sandy soil is most desirable for filling sandbags, but any usable material at or near the site has definite advantages. Fine sand could leak out through the weave in the bag. To prevent this, double bag the material. Gravelly or rocky soils are generally poor choices because of their permeability characteristic.

Sandbag barriers can easily be constructed by two people, as most individuals have the physical capabilities to carry or drag a sandbag weighing around 30 pounds.

Filling Sandbags

Filling Sandbags is a two-person operation. One member of the team places the empty bag between or slightly in front of widespread feet with arms extended. The throat of the bag is folded to form a collar and held with the hands in position. The other team member carefully empties a rounded shovel full of material into the open end. The person holding the sack should be standing with knees slightly flexed and head and face as far away from the action of the shovel as practical. The use of safety goggles and gloves is desirable and sometimes necessary.

Placing Sandbags

  • Remove any debris from the area where bags are to be placed.
  • Place the half-filled bags lengthwise and parallel to the direction of water flow.
  • If tied bags are used, flatten them and flare the tied end. If untied bags are used, fold the open end to form a triangle.
  • Place succeeding bags on the folded or flared portion of the previous bag and stamp into place to eliminate gaps and to form a tight seal.
  • Stagger the joint connections when multiple layers are necessary.

How to Fill a Sandbag Video