In preparation for potential rainfall in the upcoming days, the County of Imperial, along with the cities of El Centro, Calipatria, and Calexico, is taking proactive measures to assist residents in safeguarding their properties from potential flooding. Sand and sandbags are being made available to the public at various locations across the county.
Imperial County Fire Department Facilities:
Residents can obtain sand and sandbags at Imperial County Fire Department Facilities on Monday and Tuesday, from 8:00 AM to sundown. Locations include Fire Station 2 in Heber, Fire Station 5 in Palo Verde, Fire Station 7 in Niland, and Fire Station 8 in Winterhaven.
City of El Centro:
On Monday, February 5, 2024, the City of El Centro will provide empty sandbags and sand from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Pickup locations are El Centro Fire Station #3 on North Waterman Avenue and the Community Center on South First Street. Proof of residency is required, with a limit of 10 sandbags per household. Residents can fill their bags at designated self-serve locations.
City of Calipatria:
The City of Calipatria is offering self-serve sandbags at the Public Works Yard at 525 S. Sorenson Ave on Monday (1:00 PM to 3:00 PM) and Tuesday (8:00 AM to 3:00 PM). There is a limit of 10 bags per household, and for more information, residents can contact (760) 348-2222.
City of Calexico:
Empty bags can be picked up until 5:00 PM on Monday, or while supplies last, at Fire Station #1 in Calexico. Residents are required to bring their shovel and proof of residency, with a limit of four bags per household. Self-serve sand filling stations are available at Camarena Memorial Library and Nosotros Park Entrance.
Residents are urged to take necessary precautions to protect their properties. For more information, residents can contact their local city office or the County of Imperial Office of Emergency Services at (442) 265-6000. Weather updates are available at www.weather.gov.