Big Bear Fire Department crew, Jim McDaniel, Justin Fluke,
Jon Bidwell, Nick Bruinsma and Nick Turner fill sandbags.
Floods are the most common
natural disaster in the
Flooding causes more than $2 billion in property damage
every year. The effects of El Niño 2016,
could continue well into March, and Big Bear Fire Department encourages all
Valley residents and businesses to plan ahead. Agencies within Big Bear Valley
have stocked up with sand and sandbags to help the Valley’s residents protect
their homes and businesses in the event that flooding occurs. Properly placed
sandbags should redirect water, mud and debris reducing the risk of property
Local authorities suggest getting sandbags early and
make them part of your emergency supplies so they will be available if you need
them. For 10 lineal feet with one foot of height, you will need 60 to 80 bags,
and 1 to 1.3 cubic yards of sand. Sandbags should be filled half-full and
placed lengthwise and parallel to the direction of the water flow, with the top
folded down. Place sandbags in staggered layers, limited to three rows high.
The purpose of the sandbags is to direct the flow of water, not dam it.
Many home improvement and hardware stores sell sand and
sandbags. However, if unexpected flooding occurs, residents and businesses of
Big Bear Valley can obtain a limited amount of sand and sandbags free of charge
at the following locations:
Bear City Residents and Businesses
Bear Fire Station #282
West Big Bear Blvd
Bear Lake Residents and Businesses
Fawnskin Residents and Businesses
Bernardino County Fire Station 96,
Rim of the World Drive
It takes time to construct a wall of sandbags. Plan
ahead! It is much easier to place sandbags before you are dealing with heavy
runoff. For additional information on this or other life safety topics, please
contact the Big Bear Fire Department at www.bigbearfire.org
or (909) 866-7566.
About Big Bear Fire
Fire Authority was formed under a Joint Powers Agreement in 2012 combining Big
Bear Lake Fire Protection District and Big Bear City Fire Department, now commonly
known as Big Bear Fire Department. Since its inception, the Big Bear Fire
Department is committed to providing Big Bear Valley with professional fire,
medical and emergency services “Protecting Lives and Property,” with timely
response to fire and medical emergencies.