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King County and several local jurisdictions 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.

Flood Fighting: How to Use Sandbags (176 Kb Acrobat pdf)

Frequently asked questions

The table below lists sandbag distribution information at King County facilities and jurisdictions that have entered into an agreement of support with King County.

Sandbag Distribution Locations:
Available to all King County Residents

Location  Distribution Site Address Availability  Additional Information
Black Diamond

Open 24/7

Self service, limited to 25 sandbags per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.
Carnation Sandbags and sand are available weekdays from 8:00am-4:30pm
Fall City Open 24/7 Self service, limited to 25 sandbags per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.
Kent

Sandbags and sand are currently available

Self service. Bring your own shovel.
North Bend Sandbags and sand available weekdays from 8:00am-4:30pm Self-service, shovels available. Check in with the office before bagging. Sandbags also available after hours when the Emergency Operations Center is open due to flooding.
Pacific
  •  City of Pacific
    130 3rd Ave SE
    Pacific
    (across from Police Station)
Open 24/7 Self service, limited to 25 sandbags per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.
Renton Open 24/7 Self service, limited to 25 sandbags per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.
Seattle
  • Delridge Community Center
    4501 Delridge Way SW
    Seattle
                                                                                                 
  • Meadowbrook Community Center

    10517 35th Ave NE

    Seattle                                            

Currently available

Limited to 25 sandbags per address.
Skykomish Open 24/7 Self service, limited to 25 sandbag per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.
Snoqualmie Currently available Call Snoqualmie Public Works 425-831-4919 for an appointment to pick up sand and sandbags. During a flood call the Emergency Operations Center 425-888-5911 for sandbags.

The City of Issaquah provides sandbags to residents of Issaquah. If applicable check with your jurisdiction for sandbag availability. Sandbags can also be purchased at many home improvement stores.

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.