City of Madera:

January 29, 2024

Flood preparedness and sandbag locations

Central California is bracing for a severe weather system, which is expected to bring excessive rainfall to the region. During periods of heavy rain, the City of Madera provides sandbags and sand free of charge for city residents. Sandbags are an effective way to deflect water and protect structures during periods of heavy rainfall, and they offer a simple yet effective way to prevent or reduce flood damage. Sandbags are only available when moderate to heavy amounts of rain are forecasted. Residents must bring their own shovels to fill bags.

Sandbag Station Location:


Public Works Corporation Yard • 1030 S. Gateway Dr.


East side of the lot at E and 14th St.
(across the railroad tracks from the Public Works Corporation Yard)

Click here to view Sandbag & Sand Location Map.


Sandbag & Sand Disposal

After the storm sandbags may be kept in a covered area and used for future storm events.  When the woven material begins to break down, bags should be discarded.  Sand may be used in gardens or other outdoor applications. 


Filling & Placing Sandbags



Please contact the Public Works Department at, or (559) 661-5466 for more information. To report a non-emergency flood risk after hours, contact (559) 675-4220. In the event of an emergency, contact 911.