Sandbag distribution information for King County
King County partners with local jurisdictions and one community group to provide sandbag materials to the public free of charge. Property owners are responsible for removing sandbag installations in compliance with their local jurisdiction's regulations. Sandbag distribution information is also recorded on the King County Flood Warning Information Line: 206-296-8200 or 800-945-9263
Frequently asked questions
Flood Fighting: How to Use Sandbags (176 Kb Acrobat pdf)
The table below only lists jurisdictions or entities that have entered into an agreement of support with King County. Other distribution sites may be available; please contact your local jurisdiction for more information.
Sandbag Distribution Locations: Available to all King County Residents
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About King County's Sandbag Program On March 9, 2009, the King County Council passed Ordinance 16379, which directed the Water and Land Resources Division (WLRD) of King County's Department of Natural Resources and Parks to identify locations for the stockpiling and distribution of sand and sandbags. These materials are to be provided to the public free of charge during flood events. Funding for the sandbag program is provided by the King County Flood Control District with support from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
King County determined an efficient way to provide sandbags to the public during a flood event is to partner with local towns and cities that already offer sandbags to their residents. Per the terms of the partnership, participating cities must make supplies available to the residents of unincorporated King County in addition to the citizens residing within their jurisdictional boundaries. Local jurisdictions or community groups oversee sandbag distribution, and WLRD coordinates the delivery of materials.
The Flood Warning Center will provide detailed information to the public regarding sandbag availability. The information will be disseminated through methods including calls to the Flood Warning Center, the flood warning voice messaging system, website postings, and press releases.
Sandbags, when used properly, can reduce damages from flooding. After a flood, property owners are responsible for removing sandbag installations in compliance with their local jurisdiction's regulations. Please note that improper disposal of sandbags following a flood event can create environmental, safety and infrastructure concerns.
For more information about King County's sandbag distribution program, please contact Ken Zweig, River and Floodplain Management Section.