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Free sandbags and safety tips at Operation Sandbag event on June 1

Tempe helps residents prepare for monsoon weather with tips and resources

Post Date:05/21/2019 9:40 AM

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TEMPE, Ariz. (May 21, 2019) – Monsoon season officially begins June 15, and Tempe is helping its residents prepare. Time spent clearing rain gutters, trimming trees and lining up sandbags now can go a long way toward protecting property and keeping your family safe when summer storms hit.

The city is holding a monsoon preparedness event on Saturday, June 1, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Solid Waste Compost Facility, 1001 N. Rio Road. During the event, Tempe Fire Medical Rescue and Police cadets will be on-site to help residents prepare sandbags, while also providing tips on how to weather the storm.

Operation sandbag

Tempe is holding a monsoon preparedness event – with sandbags, expert advice and information:

Saturday, June 1
9 to 11 a.m.
Solid Waste Compost Facility
1001 N Rio Road (access drive north of Rio Salado Parkway and Hardy Drive)

Beginning June 1, Tempe will have sand, bags and shovels available at two locations for self-service:

Fill bags one-half to two-thirds full, allowing bags to lie flat and nestle together to create a tight sandbag wall. Over-filled bags are too firm and can create a leaky sandbag wall. Tying bags is not necessary.


Here are some tips to help you prepare:

  • Clear debris from roof gutters and downspouts
  • Trim trees, especially those close to the house, to help prevent breakage and uprooting
  • Pretreat pools with chlorine shock to help prevent algae growth
  • Keep storm drains and gutters clear of debris. City crews are checking and clearing storm drains to allow rainwater to drain as efficiently as possible; residents can help by clearing any debris from the gutters adjacent to their property
  • If you live in a flood-prone area, pack a three-day bag of supplies, including clothes and medications, in case you need to relocate quickly
  • Keep pets indoors when storms are predicted

Download our Monsoon Prep Checklist for more tips on what to do before, during and after a storm to keep your family and property safe and secure. Visit or call 480-350-4311 for more information. For street closures, visit


Media Contact: TaiAnna Yee
Public Information Officer, Transportation

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