Filling and effectively deploying sandbags is an easy process, if you know how.
The keys to filling a sandbag are:
- Don’t over fill. Sandbags should be filled to about 1/3 to 1/2 full so they can be easily moved and placed.
- Overlap the open of tied end with the next sandbag and stomp in place.
- When deploying a row on top of a row of sandbags, overlap the seems as shown in the video below.
In Seal Beach, you can find sandbag materials at the west end of the parking lot west of the pier at Ocean and Main streets and at Fire Station 44 (718 Central Ave) most of the year and especially during the winter months. At times during heavy winter storms, West Orange County CERT, the Seal Beach Lions Club and other service organizations will pre-fill sandbags for the public to pick up and place at their residences and businesses. Early deployment of sandbags is important to protect your property. If your property is in danger from flood waters, plan ahead and have filled sandbags on hand.
Check the City of Seal Beach website or call the Seal Beach Police Department (562.799.4100 x1165) for additional details.
Remember to stomp the sandbag you place down to fill in the cracks between the bags to help keep the water out. Proper placement of sandbags will help keep your property safer from flood waters.