Fearing Rain, Where El Pasoans Can Stock Up On Sand Bags
One thing about the Sun City is that RAIN can go from 0 to 100 regarding flooding VERY…VERY F-A-S-T and can build in different parts of the city.
Forecast calls for the wet stuff today and tomorrow. The free sand bag area set up by El Paso Water Utilities at the Stormwater Operations Center, 4801 Fred Wilson. The seasonal sandbag sites in the west, central, east and Mission Valley areas of the city will reopen July 6.
Sandbags are available to residential customers for flood control purposes only and limited to 10 sandbags per visit. Customers who have difficulty lifting heavy items are encouraged to come with someone who can assist with loading and unloading the bags
When properly filled and placed, sandbags redirect storm and debris flows away from property improvements.
- When placing sandbags, fold the top of the sandbag down and rest bag on its folded top. It is important to place bags with the folded top toward the upstream or uphill direction to prevent bags from opening when water runs by them.
- Place each sandbag in layers, completing each layer prior to starting the next layer. Limit placement to two layers unless a building is used as a backing or sandbags are pyramided.
- Keep in mind that sandbags will not seal out water.
- Do not use straw or bales of hay in lieu of sand. They do not perform as well as sandbags and may be washed away.