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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

King County Roads Facility
20827 SE Auburn Black Diamond Rd
Black Diamond

Open 24/7

Self service, limited to 25 sandbags per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.
Carnation

City of Carnation Public Works
33100 NE 45th St
Carnation

Sandbags and sand are available weekdays from 8:00am-4:30pm
Fall City

King County Roads Facility
33719 SE 44th Pl
Fall City

Open 24/7 Self service, limited to 25 sandbags per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.
North Bend

City of North Bend Public Works Shops
1155 East North Bend Way
North Bend

Sandbags and sand available Monday-Thursday from 8am - 4pm, Fridays 8am - noon. 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

King County Roads Facility
155 Monroe Ave NE
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, WA 98106

Helene Madison Pool
13401 Meridian N
Seattle, WA 98133

South Park Neighborhood
731 S. Sullivan
Seattle, WA 98108

Meadowbrook Community Center
10517 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125

Open 24/7

Self service, limited to 25 sandbags per address.
Skykomish

King County Roads Facility
74212 Old Cascade Hwy
Skykomish

Open 24/7 Self service, limited to 25 sandbag per vehicle. Bring your own shovel.
Snoqualmie

City of Snoqualmie
Railroad Ave SE and SE King St
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.