Seasonal monsoon storms can bring localized rain, winds and flooding to Scottsdale with little warning or notice. Before the storms hit, it is important to have emergency items on hand, including ones that protect your property from floodwaters.
Some residents in Scottsdale rely on sandbags to protect their homes from storm flooding. The city provides both sand and bags as a courtesy to residents. However, demand is typically high during storms, and the city cannot guarantee availability of complimentary sand and bags to everyone.
These supplies are available 24 hours a day for Scottsdale residents on a first-come, first-served basis at these locations:
- Parking lot of District 1 Police Headquarters, 7601 E. McKellips Road
- Near the city's north Corporation Yard, 9379 E. San Salvador
- Solid Waste Transfer Station, 8417 E. Union Hills Drive
Shovels and bags will be provided by the city, but residents are required to fill their own bags. All the supplies and equipment -- sand, bags and shovels -- are located in large roll-off refuse containers at each site.
- There is a limit of 10 bags per household.
- Sandbags are most effective when placed in front of entry points.
- Fill the bags one-half to two-thirds full. The bag should lie fairly flat when filled.
But remember, other options may provide better protection.
Before the next storm event arrives, the city encourages residents to explore alternatives to sandbags – which are often more convenient, effective and easier to get.
Flood diversion tubes act much like sandbags to block floodwaters from entering homes. The tubes are easy to place and weigh little until filled with water. Any common garden hose attaches, making the flood diversion barrier simple to fill.
Other options include transportable flood fence barriers and water absorbent cushions.
Residents whose properties are subject to seasonal flooding are encouraged to explore these alternatives to sandbags through local hardware stores and online retailers.
Be Ready, Set, Go!
This three-step program that encourage Arizonans to get READY by preparing now for what threatens their community, to be SET by maintaining awareness of significant danger and to GO, evacuate immediately when the danger is current and life-threatening. Learn more.
Put together a simple supplies kit with basics like flashlights, batteries and bottled water. For more details on what you need and how to put together a kit, visit www.ready.gov/kit.
Make sure you have a plan to communicate with your family and loved ones during a storm. Get more information on creating a plan.
Don’t travel in heavy rain unless necessary. Obey all signs and avoid low-lying areas. Do not cross running water. More car safety tips are available at www.ready.gov/car.
Call ahead if you're planning to use city parks, the preserve and recreation areas. The city’s call center at 480-312-3111 will have closure information.
In Scottsdale, heavy rains can cause the Indian Bend Wash to fill with water and close unbridged cross streets. Always obey traffic signs and do not try to cross running water or flooded areas. Unbridged Indian Bend Wash crossings include:
Jackrabbit Road at Hayden
Pecos Lane at Hayden
Safeway Plaza entrance, at Hayden, north of Chaparral Road
Other flood-prone streets include:
84th Place, north of Roosevelt Street
Granite Reef Road, south of Roosevelt
Gail Road at 83rd Place
Scottsdale Road, north of Loop 101 Freeway
Pima Road, north of Pinnacle Peak Road