Sand and bags are available at two locations in the City of Folsom:48 Natoma Street
9700 Oak Avenue Parkway
(behind Fire Station 36)
Fill sandbags 1/2 to 2/3 full, tie at top so bag will lay flat when put in place. A properly filled sand bag should weigh between 35-40 lbs.
Overfilled bags and bags tied too low leave gaps in sandbag levee allowing water to seep through. An overfilled sandbag can weigh 70 - 75 lbs.
TIP: Always use gloves to protect your hands during the filling operation. After handling treated bags, avoid contact with your eyes and mouth. Dress appropriately and layer clothing. Safety goggles should be used on dry and windy days.
Polyethylene (plastic) comes in rolls twenty feet wide by 100 feet long. It is used to wrap sandbag levees to prevent seepage. Plastic should be placed on downstream portion of levee first, then worked upstream with a two to three foot overlap. Plastic is held in place with sandbags
|Estimated number of sandbags per lineal foot of wall
|Height in feet||Number of Bags|
** Preferred limit is three feet high.
* Five feet is the practical limit of a sandbag levee. If a higher levee is needed, alternate means of construction should be considered.