Free Sandbags from Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District

Sand and sandbags are available to residents of Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District (during storm season) in limited quantities, to combat potential flooding conditions.  The District does not currently have sand/sandbags available, but will notify the public as soon as they are stocked again.

Sand and sandbags are located at the Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District fire station located at 6934 Soquel Drive in Aptos. Residents are responsible for filling their own bags and are limited to 5 bags per residence. 

Other Local Sandbag Sources

Valley Churches United
9400 Highway 9
Ben Lomond, CA  95005
(831) 336-8258 
Big Creek Lumber - Santa Cruz
2801 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA  95062
(831) 477-1231 

Aptos Landscape Supply
(aka Cabrillo Sand & Gravel)
5025 Freedom Blvd.
Aptos, CA  95003
(831) 688-6211 
Central Home Supply
808 River Street
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
(831) 423-0763 
Granite Rock Construction
303 Coral Street
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
(831) 471-3400
Home Depot
2600 41st Avenue
Soquel, CA  95073
(831) 462-5650
Scotts Valley Rock & Landscape
4425 Scotts Valley Drive
Scotts Valley, CA  95066
(831) 438-3644
CAL FIRE Station - Corralitos
120 Eureka Canyon Road
Watsonville, CA  95076
(831) 724-2446

Olive Spring Quarry
1399 Olive Springs Road
Soquel, Ca 95073
(831) 475-1610

Filling Sandbags

Filling sandbags is usually a two-person operation.  One person places the empty bag between or slightly in front of widespread feet, with arms extended. The throat of the bag is folded to form a collar and held, with hands in position. The other person carefully empties a shovel full of sand into the open end. The person holding the sack should be standing with knees slightly flexed, and head and face as far away from the shovel action as practical.  Use of safety goggles/gloves is recommended. 

Fill each bag only halfway up, to allow for folding.

Sandbag Placement

Remove any debris from the area where bags are to be placed, to prevent gaps/punctures. Place half-filled bags lengthwise and parallel to the direction of water flow. If tied bags are used, flatten them and flare the tied end. If bags are untied, fold the open end to form a triangle. Place succeeding bags on the folded or flared portion of the previous bag and stamp into place to eliminate gaps and form a seal. Stagger joint connections when multiple layers are necessary (see graphics for guidelines).