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LAFD Provides Sandbags for Homeowners

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 |

September 2007 mudslide in Los Angeles. © Photo by Mike Meadows. Click to view more...The Los Angeles area is periodically subject to floods that result in property damage. The potential for mudslides and debris flow is greatly increased near recent wildfires.

Los Angeles residents - especially those in foothill and low-lying communities, are encouraged to prepare their properties in advance of coming rainstorms.

In an effort to help, the Los Angeles Fire Department is making ready-to-fill sandbags available at all Neighborhood Fire Stations. Sand may also be available at several of these fire stations and convenient Bureau of Street Services locations.

Properly filled and placed sandbags are best used to divert (rather than dam) moving water, redirecting storm and debris flow away from property improvements.

While the City can provide homeowners with empty sandbags and sand to protect their property, the City does not fill, load or place sandbags for individual homeowners.

Those requiring additional sand, sandbags and supplies may wish to contact a local home improvement store or building supply center, many of which will deliver flood preparedness and debris control aids directly to where they are needed.

We remind you that sandbagging and flood control is a labor intensive process that can lead to injury. Please follow important safety guidelines and consider hiring a licensed contractor for any large or special needs.

Homeowner's Guide to Erosion Control


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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