Sand and sandbags are available to residents of Central Fire Protection District in limited quantities to combat potential flooding conditions.  

Sand and sandbags are located at the Central Fire Protection District fire station located at 4747 Soquel Drive in Soquel.  Residents are responsible for filling their own bags and are limited to 5 bags per residence. 

Other local sources for sand and sand bags include:

Valley Churches United 

9400 Highway 9 
Ben Lomond, CA 95005
(831) 336-8258

Big Creek Lumber - Santa Cruz

2801 Soquel Avenue,
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 477-1231

Aptos Landscape Supply  

5025 Freedom Boulevard
Aptos, CA 95003 
(831) 688-6211

Central Home Supply

808 River Street 
Santa Cruz, CA 95060  
(831) 423-0763 

Granite Rock

303 Coral Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 471-3400

Home Depot 

2600 41st Avenue 
Soquel, CA 95073 
(831) 462-5650

Scotts Valley Rock & Landscape 

4425 Scotts Valley Drive 
Scotts Valley, CA
(831) 438-3644

Filling Sandbags

Filling sandbags is usually a two-person operation.  One person 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 hands in position. The other person carefully empties a shovel full of sand 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 shovel action as practical.  Use of safety goggles/gloves is recommended. 

Fill each bag only halfway up, to allow for folding.

Sandbag Placement

Remove any debris from the area where bags are to be placed, to prevent gaps/punctures. Place 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 bags are untied, 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 form a seal. Stagger joint connections when multiple layers are necessary (see graphics for guidelines).