Valley Cities Help Residents Prep for Coming Storm

By Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez
Published: Monday, September 15, 2014 - 1:48pm
Updated: Monday, September 15, 2014 - 5:45pm
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Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and city officials tell residents about resources available to prepare for more rain this week.
(Photo by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez/KJZZ)
Phoenix residents Roger and Erin Shriner fill sandbags at the fire station near 19th Avenue and Dobbins Road.

The cities of Phoenix, Mesa and Scottsdale are preparing for another round of heavy rainfall expected as soon as Tuesday. Phoenix announced Monday it has materials to help residents protect their homes from flooding. Mesa and Scottsdale have also announced storm preparation plans.

As half a dozen residents filled bags with sand, city of Phoenix officials announced the materials are available to Phoenix residents for free at designated fire stations.

Phoenix city officials said more than 5,000 sandbags were available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 4 p.m. Monday, but by 5:30 most of the filled bags were gone. Residents can still bring their own bags and start filling them with sand throughout the day.

“They are available at 11 fire stations throughout the city of Phoenix. If you need sand you gotta bring your own shovels and medium size garbage bags. We also recommend you double bag. If you go to you can find out which fire stations in your neighborhood have sand and sandbags," Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said.

It’s an effort to help residents protect their homes and businesses from the rain expected Tuesday.

Roger Shriner and his wife Erin spent $3,000 in home repairs after one of the storms in August. The south Phoenix residents arrived at the fire station near 19th Avenue and Dobbins Road and filled 20 sandbags.

“At least this one we know it’s coming because the first one we just didn’t realize that it was gonna be so severe," Shriner said. "Now we don’t take any rain lightly, especially not rain from a hurricane.”

The city of Scottsdale also has sandbags available for residents on a first-come, first-served basis. The bags are located at the city's north Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador. There is a limit of 10 bags per household.  Call 480-312-3111 to see if sandbags are available.

All Mesa fire departments also have sandbags available and the Mesa Resource Information Center at Fire Station 202, 830 S. Stapley, will remain available until Saturday, Sept. 20, to Mesa residents who need recovery information. 

City officials recommend cleaning out roof drains and drywells to help prevent flooding.

Sand will be available at ONLY these Phoenix Fire stations after 4 p.m.:
Station 11: 2727 E. Roosevelt Street
Station 26: 3301 W. Rose Lane
Station 31: 5730 E. Thunderbird Road
Station 36: 21602 N. Ninth Avenue
Station 39: 2276 W. Southern Avenue
Station 40: 3838 N. 83rd Avenue
Station 43: 4110 E. Chandler Boulevard
Station 48: 5230 W. Happy Valley Road
Station 49: 3750 E. Dynamite Boulevard
Station 52: 21650 N. Tatum Boulevard
Station 57: 1708 W. Dobbins Road

Sand will available at City of Phoenix Streets Facilities (Hours of operation: 6:30a.m. - 3:30p.m.):
SW Division : 3045 S. 22nd Ave. (602-256-3109)
North Division : 138 E. Union Hills (602-262-6922)
SE Division: 3828 E. Anne Street (602-262-6847)
Central Division: 4020 W. Glenrosa Ave. (602-262-6717)

Mesa Fire Department Locations:

Station 201: 360 E. 1st Street

Station 202: 830 S. Stapley Drive

Station 203: 1340 W. University Drive

Station 204: 1426 S. Extension Road

Station 205: 730 S. Greenfield Road

Station 206: 815 N. Lindsay Road

Station 207: 2505 S. Dobson Road

Station 208: (Falcon Field) 4530 E. McKellips Road

Station 209: 7035 E. Southern Avenue

Station 210: 1502 S. 24th Street

Station 211: 2130 N. Horne

Station 212: 2430 S. Ellsworth

Station 213: 7816 E. University Drive

Station 214: 5950 E. Virginia Street

Station 215: (Williams Gateway Airport) 6353 S. Downwind

Station 216: 7966 E. McDowell Road

Station 217: 10434 E. Baseline Road

Station 218: 845 N. Alma School Road

Station 219: 3361 S. Signal Butte Road

Station 220: 5763 E. Main Street

The City of Mesa Solid Waste Department will be delivering roll off bins with sandbags to the following neighborhood locations:

61 S. Temple

61 S. Miller

61 S. Matlock

907 E. 6th avenue

1005   E. Jarvis

1102 E. Jarvis

529 S. Solomon

601 S. Solomon

1251 E. Hilton 

Updated Sept. 15, 2014 at 5:45 p.m.