Prepare for forecasted El Niño season with free sandbags offered in San Marcos


The City of San Marcos is offering residents free, fill-your-own sandbags to help protect personal property from flooding and soil erosion.

The sandbags can be filled and picked up at the southwest corner of the Public Works Division parking lot, 201 Mata Way; maximum 20 bags per resident.

Due to prolonged drought, San Diego County is dry most of the year leaving the area more susceptible to impacts of inclement weather. Heavy rains can cause soil erosion especially in areas not covered by lawns, trees, shrubs and plants. Water runoff, and especially mud and debris flows, can damage individual homes and properties and create even wider destruction by flooding roadways and clogging storm drains and culverts.

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For more information about the City’s sandbag program, please call the City’s Public Works Department at (760) 752-7550.

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