Please Help Fill Sandbags
How Can I Help?
Here’s another way local residents can help prepare for the aftermath of the Telegraph Fire: half-fill sandbags over at Gila County Public Works. County staff and volunteers half-filled (yes, “HALF-filled” . . . more on that below) thousands of sandbags over the past two weeks, stacking them on pallets and delivering pallets around Miami, Globe, and Dripping Springs for canyon residents below foothills of the Pinal Mountains. Canyon neighborhoods are predicted to flood when summer rains scour mountain hillsides above that were reduced to ash by wildfire. Shovels are available for those who want to half-fill sandbags on their own, at their own pace -- without calling ahead to RSVP.
HALF-FILLED . . . NOT PACKED FULL TO THE BRIM
And yes, sandbags should be half-filled, not packed to-the-brim with sand. Half-full bags stack well, full sandbags are too round – and don’t stack. Gila County’s sandbag station is at the Public Works building near the Russell Gulch Landfill turnoff, at the crossroads of Russell Road and Besich Boulevard.
Can you muster a team of young, strong volunteers ready to work in the summer heat, tie and stack 35-40 pounds sandbags? If yes, please make sure to pre-arrange a scheduled group volunteer event. Gila County staff will be there to run a front-end loader and sandbag filling machine for groups that pre-arrange a morning or afternoon. Globe High School Tiger football players and Boy Scouts were two volunteer groups who filled sandbags starting at 7:00 last Wednesday. Other groups are welcome on weekday mornings or afternoon, but please call or email Stacey to pre-arrange and schedule for your group. Call 402-4336 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And here’s advice from Gila County Public Works staff who have filled and distributed more than 5,000 sandbags: “its hot, so plan ahead. Make sure to bring water, wear sunscreen, a hat and work gloves. Drink that water, stay hydrated! And please don’t overfill the bags. Sandbags should only be half-full, so they can flatten and stack well to build solid barriers against flooding.”