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Free sandbags available

Residents filling their sandbags at Hi Corbett Field. (Source: Tucson News Now) Residents filling their sandbags at Hi Corbett Field. (Source: Tucson News Now)
Many people showed up for free sandbags at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds on Friday, July 14. (Source: KOLD News 13) Many people showed up for free sandbags at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds on Friday, July 14. (Source: KOLD News 13)
(Source: City of Tucson) (Source: City of Tucson)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The city of Tucson opened a self-serve sandbag site on Monday, July 17, to supplement the occasional distribution of sandbags at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds.

Mike Graham, spokesman for the Tucson Department of Transportation, said Tucson employees will be at Hi Corbett Field, but residents will have to shovel the bags themselves.

As with the rodeo grounds location, there is a limit of 10 bags per person.

Graham said shovels will be provided, but residents are urged to bring their own to speed things up.

The site will remain open until noon on Sept. 29.

The city will also offer sandbags on Wednesdays, at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. Sixth Avenue, until Sept. 20. 

Sandbags will be available from 4-8 p.m. in the north parking lot.

The distribution is self-serve, but the bags will be pre-filled and stacked in the parking lot. Access is through the South Sixth Avenue southern gate.

The sandbag giveaway has proven to be popular with city residents trying to prepare for monsoon storms and the accompanying runoff. 

According to city officials more than 30,000 bags were distributed last year at a midtown fire station. Because of the popularity of the giveaway and the resulting traffic congestion, the Tucson Department of Transportation moved the distribution center to the rodeo grounds. 

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