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FREE Sandbags available to residents impacted by Waldo Canyon Fire
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Colorado Springs residents impacted by the Waldo Canyon Fire can pick up free sandbags, either filled or empty, to help protect their homes from potential flooding.

Option 1 – Filled sandbags available Saturday, May 18 at Verizon Building

Pre-filled sandbags will be given away free to residents (first-come, first-served), through a partnership with the Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management and Colorado Springs Together, Saturday, May 18 at the Verizon Wireless building (2424 Garden of the Gods Road) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until all sandbags are distributed. Volunteers will be on site to fill sandbags and help residents load the 50-pound sandbags into their vehicles.  Residents picking up sandbags should enter the Verizon Wireless parking lot off of Flying W Ranch Road.

MEDIA NOTE: Media opportunities for the May 18 event will be available throughout the day. On site contact will be Ken Hughlett, 719-208-5930.

Option 2 – Empty sandbags available at select locations now while supplies last Residents who would like to fill their own sandbags can receive free sandbags while supplies last, thanks to a grant from the Colorado Fire Relief Fund. These free sandbags will be available for residents at Colorado Springs Together and the following Colorado Springs Fire Stations:

If you are a resident picking up sandbags at these locations, please know:

  • These bags are not filled with sand.Only the four fire stations listed above will have the bags, no other fire stations will have the bags available.
  • Our fire stations will be in service and may not be at the station when you come to pick up the bags. We ask that you either wait for their return or try stopping by at a different time.
  • You will need to sign the Sandbag Distribution Form.
  • You may take 100 bags for each address per day. You may pick up more bags if you need them on a different day.
  • You will receive an information bag that contains: instructions on sandbag placement, Colorado Springs Emergency Preparedness Guide, and other flood information.

Residents are advised to consult a certified erosion and sediment control consultant or contractor to manage flooding mitigation on their private property. Sandbags should not be placed in the public right-of-way. For information on potential flooding after the Waldo Canyon Fire, visit