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NOTE:  The City of Santa Barbara gives out sandbags when a "FLASH FLOOD WATCH" is issued by National Weather Service and confirmed by the City of Santa Barbara. 


Public Works staff will open the City's Sandbag Station and make sandbags available to residents free of charge. Residents are reminded that the City Sandbag Distribution Policy is designed to assist in the protection of private property only during storm emergency conditions.


City's Sandbag Pickup Station: 401 East Yanonali Street

The City will announce the hours of operation on Channel 18 (City-TV) and through other local media outlets when the Sandbag Station is open. Before and during storm events through the winter, residents should monitor radio and TV and go to the City’s website for updates and announcements. Residents should bring their own gloves and shovels and be prepared to fill the bags they need. Note that when filling sandbags, fill them only half way, so they are not too heavy to lift and will stack properly. You may take 20 sandbags per trip.



Please call for current availability

Santa Barbara Flood Control Shop
4568 County Road,
Santa Barbara

(805) 568-3440

Sand bags are not pre-filled and persons are limited to 25 bags per household. More information concerning sand bags is available from County Flood Control at (805) 568-3440.

Click here for information on how to fill and place sandbags.

For helpful information about filling and storing sandbags, please see the County Fire Sandbags page.  For a sandbagging video demonstration watch the California Water Department video.

To sign up via email for Red Flag Alerts, including Flash Flood Warnings, go to Nixle.

Last Updated: Jan 27, 2021
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