Monsoon 2021 - Be prepared

The city offers a variety of safety tips and resources to help you better prepare.

If your property is at risk for flooding, the city offers free sandbags. Both sand and bags 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. 


Note: due to high demand, sandbag supplies may be depleted - we cannot guarantee availability, but city crews will restock sand and bags as other storm response duties allow.


While sandbags have been a traditional emergency flood control measure, newer techniques and products are available – and are often more convenient to use and easier to obtain. If your property experiences seasonal flooding, you will find many different alternatives to sandbags: water barriers, water diverters, and flood diversion tubes are available through local hardware stores and online retailers.

Here are additional tips to help you stay safe this monsoon season:

During heavy rains, the safest strategy is to stay in place – remain in your home or place of business. Don’t travel unless you have to. Obey all signs and avoid low-lying areas. Do not cross running water.

Stay informed:

  • Updates will also be shared on city Twitter accounts: @ScottsdalePD, @ScottsdaleFire and @ScottsdaleAZgov.

  • The city’s call center at 480-312-3111 is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays to answer questions and share storm information. 

Be prepared: 

  • 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

  • Make sure you have a plan to communicate with your family and loved ones during a storm. Get more information on creating a plan at

Use caution:

  • 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

  • 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:  

  • Roosevelt from Miller to Hayden roads

  • Osborn Road

  • Murray Lane

  • Oak Street at 77th Street

  • Medlock Drive at Hayden Road

  • Starlight Way at Hayden

  • Jackrabbit Road at Hayden

  • Pecos Lane at Hayden

  • Safeway Plaza entrance, at Hayden, north of Chaparral Road

Other flood-prone streets include: 

  • 87th Street, south of Thomas Road

  • 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



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