Sandbags

Sand and sandbags are available to residents of Central Fire District in limited quantities (during storm season) to combat potential flooding conditions.  Currently, sandbags and sand are available in the carport area near our headquarters building, at 910 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz and in the parking lot at the CRR office at 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos. 

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 
Valley Churches United Website


Big Creek Lumber - Santa Cruz

2801 Soquel Avenue,
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 477-1231
Big Creek Lumber Website



Aptos Landscape Supply  

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

Central Home Supply

 
808 River Street 
Santa Cruz, CA 95060  
(831) 423-0763
Central Home Supply Website 

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).