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Sandbags & General Emergency Flood Information

Tehama County will make sand and sandbags available in limited quantities prior to large storm events that are predicted to cause flooding. Sand and sandbags can be purchased at several local hardware stores and landscape suppliers. The locations below will be highlighted in RED when sand and sandbags will be stocked. Citizens are encouraged to ‘only take what they need’ and to bring their own shovels to fill bags. While sandbags can be effective in emergency situations, citizens with repetitive flooding problems are encouraged to find more permanent solutions.

  • Tehama County Public Works - 9380 San Benito Avenue, Gerber (Map)

  • Los Molinos Yard - 8715 Fox Street, Los Molinos (Map)

  • Across From Corning Fire Department - 895 5th Street, Corning (Map)

  • Tehama County Library - 645 Madison Street, Red Bluff (Map)

Using sandbags is a simple, but effective way to avoid or reduce flood water damage. Properly filled and placed sandbags can act as a barrier to divert moving water around, instead of through, buildings. Sandbag construction doesn't guarantee a water-tight seal, but is satisfactory to be used in most situations. Sandbags are also used successfully to avoid overtopping of streams with levees, and for training current flows to specific areas. Click for more sandbag information...

Flood Fighting At Home - Easy Ways To Keep Water Out of Your House
During the times of heavy rains, most damage to homes and property comes from flooded streets, particularly those with blocked drains. Be sure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris. Low curbs and sloping driveways also pose a problem. Your home can be protected by redirecting the water flow. Sandbag walls can be used to divert water or mud. Place the sandbag walls so they channel the water to a clear drain or gutter. Click to read full brochure...

Flood Fight Methods
The 'Flood Fighting Methods' outlined in this booklet have proven effective during many years of use by DWR, United States Army Corps of Engineers, and local agencies on flood-related emergencies. This handbook is published by the DWR Flood Operations Branch and is designed to be used with the Flood Fighting Methods class. Click to read full handbook...

Private levees are to be repaired under the responsibility of private parties. It is not the responsibility of Tehama County to repair private levees. Please review District Resolution 7-1995 establishing policy for the repair of damaged levee and stream bank protection projects.

Flood Insurance Rate Maps
The official map of a community on which FEMA has delineated both the special hazard areas and the risk premium zones applicable to the community. The purpose of this page is to define a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), a commonly used term in floodplain management.

Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
NRCS helps America’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners conserve the nation’s soil, water, air and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment.


Updated: Friday March 27, 2020