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Flooding? City offering free sandbags to residents

Up to 10 allowed per vehicle, available at service center on Busch Road

As the rain continues to fall in Pleasanton, the city wants to remind residents concerned about flooding around their home that they can pick up free sandbags.

Residents can get up to 10 free sandbags at the City of Pleasanton Service Center, located at 3333 Busch Road. The sandbags can be picked up at any time, and are located in the parking lot under a brown tarp.

City spokeswoman Joanne Hall said 300 sandbags have been picked up since last Friday. To ensure there are enough to go around, Hall said residents should be prepared to show proof of residency if requested and sandbags will not be given to contractors. If city staff see contractors, they will be asked to leave. The sandbags are not UV resistant, so they aren't expected to last more than a season or two before they disintegrate, Hall said, adding that they're not meant to be a permanent fix, but will help in the short-term against flooding.

City crews have prepared in advance of the rainy season to clear culverts and drains, and residents are encouraged to clear leaves from neighborhood drains as a part of this effort.

Those who see flooded areas are asked to call the Operations Services Department between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at 931-5500. Flooding should be reported to the police department between 3:30 p.m. and 7 a.m. at 931-5100.

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