Sandbag Basics

Source: Cathy Yeulet - 123RF

Ventura Co., CA – Rain drenching most of Southern California brings with it a potential for flooding, following the devastating fires of December.

This week’s third storm — possibly the most powerful of the series — triggered rockslides and pushed mud into some roads, after it moved into the region Wednesday.

By 8 p.m., it had dumped more than 1 inch of rain throughout Los Angeles County, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The rainfall was expected to continue through Thursday.

As heavier rain began to fall in the afternoon, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department warned that the latest round of wet weather posed “a high risk for mud and debris flow” to the Woolsey Fire burn area.

The Ventura County Fire Department is giving basic safety tips and items to consider when using sandbags to shore up your property.

According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, the use of sandbags is a simple, but effective way to prevent or reduce flood water damage.

Properly filled and placed sandbags can act as a barrier to divert moving water around, instead of through, buildings.

Sandbag construction does not guarantee a water-tight seal but is satisfactory for use in most situations.

Sandbags are also used successfully to prevent overtopping of streams with levees, and for training current flows to specific areas.