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City opens addt’l free sandbag site for Citrus Heights residents

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A sign outside C-Bar-C park in Citrus Heights notifies residents of a supply of sand available at the location. //CHSentinel

Updated Oct. 28, 7:56 a.m.–
Preparing for winter weather and the potential for a “Godzilla El Nino” rainy season, the City of Citrus Heights opened up a second sandbag station outside City Hall last week, making it easy for residents to grab a shovel and stock up on free sandbag supplies at either of two locations in the city.

The City limits free bags and sand to Citrus Heights residents only, and proof of residency is required before picking up bags from City Hall’s main desk, according to Regina Cave, who works in the City’s General Services Department. She said the load-your-own bags can be picked up between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays from City Hall’s temporary location on Auburn Boulevard, with sand available at either C-Bar-C Park or out in front of City Hall.

Although sand and bags are free, Cave said residents need to bring their own shovels and will be given empty bags from City Hall to fill with sand at either location. She said a 10-bag limit is recommended for cars, and 20 bags for trucks, due to hauling capacity on vehicles.

The City Hall sandbag station is located at the City’s temporary offices at 7927 Auburn Blvd. and the station at C-Bar-C Park is located at 8275 Oak Ave. Sand is available 24-hours-a-day from City Hall, while C-Bar-C’s availability is limited to daytime park operating hours.

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Last December, anticipations of a large storm drove Citrus Heights residents to fill up more than 11,000 free sandbags from stations at C-Bar-C Park and McDonald Field, according to the City. Although demand ended up causing sandbag stations to run out of supplies, the storm turned out to be a “fizzle.”

[From last year: ‘Stormageddon’ a fizzle for Citrus Heights, says City engineer]

Cave said McDonald Field’s sandbag station is not in operation this year, although the station at C-Bar-C Park is open year-round.

Citrus Heights Sandbag locations:

City Hall
7927 Auburn Blvd., near Rusch Park. (Bags available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sand available 24-hours-a-day)

C-Bar-C Park (sand only, no bags)
8275 Oak Ave., East of Fair Oaks Boulevard

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