Friday, January 15, 2021


Be Prepared for Floods: Sandbags

In response to the possible flash flooding predicted for your area, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® offers the following 12 tips for the effective use of sandbags:

•  Fill sandbags one-half full.
•  Use sand if readily available, otherwise, use local soil.
•  Fold top of sandbag down and rest bag on its folded top.

•  Take care in stacking sandbags.
•  Limit placement to three layers, unless stacked up against a building or sandbags are placed in a pyramid.
•  Tamp each sandbag into place, completing each layer prior to starting the next layer.
•  Clear a path between buildings for debris flow.
•  Lay a plastic sheet in between the building and the bags to control the flow and prevent water from seeping into sliding glass doors.

•  Sandbags will not seal out water.
•  Sandbags deteriorate when exposed to continued wetting and drying for several months. If bags are placed too early, they may not be effective when needed.
•  Sandbags are for small water flow protection – up to two feet. Protection from larger flow requires a more permanent flood prevention system.
•  Wet sandbags are very heavy and caution should be used to avoid injury.
•  Consult your local environmental protection department before disposing of used sandbags. Sandbags exposed to contaminated floodwaters may pose an environmental hazard and require special handling.

For more information on protecting your home from flood view this home flood protection video and visit

Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2017. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.

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