Ada County providing sandbags, sand to area residents

Posted at 11:45 AM, Jan 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-18 13:45:01-05

Officials are providing sand and sandbags to Ada County residents, beginning today.

“The reason we are providing sandbags is because continued weather forecasts indicate only small-scale, localized ‘nuisance’ flooding in the event of warmer temperatures and rain,” said Ada County spokeswoman Kate McGwire. “There are no indications that widespread, watershed-level (rivers and streams) events are imminent.”

Officials say sandbags should only be used to keep water out of homes, garages, crawl spaces, etc., not to divert water onto a neighbor’s property.

“There is a limit of ten bags per household,” she said.

“We have sandbags and piles of sand at both locations. Individuals will need to fill their own bags and provide their own shovel,” McGwire added.

Ada County residents can pick up sandbags and sand at Barber Park in east Boise, between sunrise and sunset -– and at the Expo Idaho west parking lot in Garden City anytime during the day or night.

Residential clean-up and disposal of the sandbags are the responsibility of the resident or property owner.