GOLD BEACH, Ore. — With heavy rains on the way along the Southern Oregon coast, the Curry County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) is offering a major resource for locals who may encounter flooding — a ready supply of sandbags.
"Due to the weather forecast of potential heavy rains here in Curry County and potential flooding in areas from now through the weekend, the Curry County Road Department will have sandbags and sand, at no cost available by 3:00 p.m. today to those who need them," Sheriff John Ward said in a statement.
There will be about 30 bags filled in advance on a first-come, first-served basis at the entrance to the Hunter Creek Road Department shops just south of Gold Beach — plus a few shovels for those in need.
CCSO said that people should bring their own shovels in case of a shortage. The agency said that they will be available by phone for anyone with questions or a need for additional help. Road Master Richard Christenson will also have some of staff on-call to assist in an event that their help is needed.
"Please be careful when driving in this weather and if at all possible, stay home until the storm passes," said Sheriff Ward. "Always be prepared!"
The City of Brookings is offering a supply of sandbags too, as they brace for the same heavy rains.
“We are anticipating significant rain event over the next few days,” City Manager Janell Howard said, “and are asking residents to please secure any yard waste bags and other debris to prevent these materials from entering and clogging the City’s drainage system.”
Brookings residents can get their sandbags by calling Police dispatch at (541) 469-3118, then press zero (0) when the message begins. Dispatch personnel will tell residents how and where to get the sandbags.
“Public Works staff will be working throughout the event monitoring and clearing drainage systems in an effort to prohibit large quantities of debris entering the system,” Howard said.
Anyone who sees debris, bags, or other materials in a drainage ditch, or flooding of any kind, should call the same number as above to notify dispatch.