To keep up with the deluge of rain that is expected with this winter’s El Nino storm system, the City of Torrance is offering sandbags around the clock.

In addition to being able to get free sandbags at the City Yard, the Public Works Department announced today that sandbags will be available for pick-up at Fire Station 1. The second location was added to handle after-hours requests.

Just yesterday, nearly 1,600 sandbags were handed out to residents by Public Works.

Torrance residents in need of sandbags can go to Fire Station 1 after 4 p.m. on weekdays and anytime on the weekend. Sandbags will be offered on a 24-hour basis throughout the rainy season.

Residents can get up to 25 bags. Find out more about the sandbag program on the City’s website.

Deputy Public Works Director Matt Knapp says that if residents are in need of emergency sandbags they now have the option of going to the local fire station at anytime during the night or weekend. It will ease concerns and help the city with the overwhelming demand.

Fire Station 1 is located at 1701 Crenshaw Blvd., and the Public Works Department is located in the Torrance City Yard at 20500 Madrona Avenue. For any questions, contact the Public Works Department at (310) 781-6900.

Here are some tips for proper use of sandbags:

  • When you pick-up sandbags, make sure they are half full with sand or soil.
  • Fold the top of the bag over and rest the filled portion of the bag on the folded top.
  • Make sure the bags are placed with the folded part toward the upstream or uphill direction to prevent bags from opening when water comes.
  • Always remember to move any debris from the area where the bags will be placed.

The City has also put together some online resources with regard to El Nino preparation. Go to TorranceCA.Gov/ElNino to get information about City services, safety tips and utility contact information.

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