For those living near Waldo Canyon Fire burn areas who still need sandbags for flood protection, more are available beginning Tuesday.
Empty sandbags are available Tuesday for as long as supplies last. Filled sandbags will be available Saturday on a first-come, first-serve basis. Both are free.
Below is more information from the Colorado Springs Fire Department:
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.
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:
■Colorado Springs Together – 6840 Centennial Blvd. Suite A
■Fire Station 5 – 2830 W. Colorado Ave.
■Fire Station 9 – 622 Garden of the Gods Rd.
■Fire Station 12 – 445 Rockrimmon Blvd.
■Fire Station 18 – 6830 Hadler View
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.