Free sandbags for Danville residents

Bags should be used to prevent or control flooding

With the forecast for this weekend calling for rain and an uncertain winter rain forecast ahead, the Town of Danville has prepared for potentially heavy rainfall by once again providing residents with sand and bags to assist in flood prevention and control efforts.

Jed Johnson, maintenance services manager for the town, said that just as in prior years, the materials will be made available at the Town Service Center, 1000 Sherburne Hills Road.

The town also uses the sand and bags for its purposes throughout the winter season so it's hard to tell how many residents have taken advantage of the offer in previous years, said Johnson.

"On average during a normal winter season we would utilize 20 cubic yards of sand and between 1,000 and 1,500 sand bags," Johnson said. "This number obviously varies depending on the type of winter that we experience and what kind of storm issues develop."

Signage at the Service Center will direct residents to the pile of sand. Johnson asked that residents take a maximum of 20 sand bags so there is enough for everyone.

Maintenance staff will monitor the site and will replenish the supplies as needed. The sand will remain available at the Service Center through the winter.


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Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet
a resident of another community
on Nov 18, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Oh my, Dolores,

Can you imagine that this exchange will turn into pseudonyms that feel they have been sandbagged for years?

Oh, come on, where's your sense of humor?

The offering of sandbags is a great service and our corridor could use such services from Saranap to San Ramon. Can you please tell your readers where such sand and bags are available for all the potential issues with drainage in our Iron Horse corridor?


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Posted by Heinz Munz
a resident of another community
on Nov 20, 2010 at 7:59 am

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Posted by psmacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Nov 20, 2010 at 10:12 am

What a second! Taxpayers are paying the City to provide sandbags to those (probably few) Landowners that need/want sandbags.
If particular Landowners have land issues (of their own choosing, remember) that require sandbags, then let them buy their own sandbags/sand for their own properties.
Question: Why is the Government/City sticking its nose into these types of private, individual, real estate issues? Why can't the Landowners handle their own issues here?

OK, sandbags probably don't cost that much, but this is the "road" down which Government gets lost--expanding itself into too many private areas of life.

Today it's sandbags; tomorrow it's aid to "x". Where do you draw the line?

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Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet
a resident of another community
on Nov 20, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Dear Dolores,

Wal-Mart suggested that Home Depot is a source for sand bags.

Let us realize that development has created down-stream flooding of creeks without government responsibility for the result. Offering sand bags is a small concession, but reality is to fix the upsteam problems of development.

Too simple?

The ROFL in Ralph N. Shirlet

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