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News Release

City of Moreno Valley Offers Free Sandbags in Anticipation of Powerful Storm

Drivers Urged to "Turn Around, Don't Drown"

For immediate release: February 14, 2017

The City of Moreno Valley is urging residents to be prepared for another round of heavy rain expected to hit Riverside County beginning Friday.

Forecasters are predicting the latest storm could bring powerful winds and up to 1.5 inches of rain to the region, with the heaviest rain falling Friday evening.

Flooding is one of the most common hazards in Riverside County and can cause injury, death, and property damage. Floods can develop slowly over time or in just a few minutes.

Flash floods can carry rocks, mud and debris and the rapidly moving water can sweep away anything in its path.

County of Riverside officials have reported several recent incidents of drivers attempting to cross flooded intersections becoming stuck and requiring rescue.

Residents are reminded to "Turn Around, Don't Drown." Never try to cross an area or intersection that appears to be flooded, find a different route around the flood waters. You can be knocked off your feet in as little as six inches of water.

The City of Moreno Valley is offering free sandbags and loose sand to help residents prevent damage from possible flooding due to the anticipated heavy rain.

Empty sandbags and loose sand will be available at these locations:

  • City Yard Main Office, 25180 Santiago Drive in Moreno Valley, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunnymead Ranch Fire Station No. 48, located at the southwest corner of Sunnymead Ranch Parkway and Village Road in Moreno Valley
  • Sunnymead Fire Station No. 2, located at Hemlock Avenue west of Perris Boulevard
  • Moreno Beach Fire Station No. 58, 28040 Eucalyptus Avenue Empty sandbags only are available at any Moreno Valley fire station between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Loose sand only is available at these locations:

  • Post Office Property located at the southwest corner of Alessandro Boulevard and Redlands Boulevard.
  • City Yard Parking Lot located at the southeast corner of Perris Boulevard and Santiago Drive (immediately adjacent to 15670 Perris Boulevard).
  • Vacant lot located immediately west of the Moreno Valley Conference & Recreation Center (on the south side of Alessandro Boulevard between Frederick Street and Veterans Way).

Sandbags are typically limited to 25 sandbags per person unless there are special circumstances that require more than this amount. Filled sandbags are available at the City Yard, 25180 Santiago Drive in Moreno Valley for residents with access and functional needs.

Residents not picking up filled sandbags are encouraged to bring their own shovels.

Residents are encouraged to sign up for the City of Moreno Valley’s Alert MoVal to receive important updates in the event of an emergency. Registrants will have an option when signing up whether they want to receive notifications through their landline, cell phone, text message and/or email.

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Upon request, this news release will be made available in appropriate alternative formats to persons with disabilities, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any person with a disability who requires a modification or accommodation in order to participate in this meeting should direct such requests to Guy Pegan, ADA Coordinator, at 951.413.3120 at least 72 hours before the meeting. The 72-hour notification will enable the City to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting.


Shanna Palau
City Council Office