City of Sonoma offers free sandbags for residents who reside within City limits.

During the days leading up to a forecasted major storm event, sandbags are available at City Hall between the hours of 8am-noon and 1pm-5pm Monday through Friday.* Sand is located at Depot Park, which is located in the 200 block of First Street West. You must provide your own shovel. The sand has been stored outdoors and could be wet, so the sandbags may be heavy and muddy to transport. The City-provided sand at Depot Park should only be used to fill sandbags (not taken in bulk).

* There is a limit of ten (10) bags per address for City residents only.  Additional sandbags can be purchased from Friedman Brothers hardware store or other sources.  City-provided sandbags are only intended for very minor flood protection.

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There are new products available which act as "instant" sandless sand bags, activated by water, and can be stored in a smaller box for emergencies.  The City does not provide nor directly endorse such products, but reference is made here to the availability of such sandless sand bags. For information on purchasing sandless sandbags, please see websites below: