BEND, OR -- Now that temperatures have warmed, melting snow and ice and rain throughout Central Oregon increase the risk of localized flooding. Sandbags went fast at self-serve filling stations offered Tuesday in Bend, Redmond, Sisters, La Pine and Prineville.
Bend Police Lt. Clint Burleigh says the four locations around Bend stayed busy. "We had a really good response from the community. We’ve depleted our resources that were set aside for the community for sandbags." The city of Bend handed out 13,000 bags and about 193-tons of sand. Stations opened Tuesday morning and the Bend locations were out by midday. Redmond officials also saw a big response at their three filling stations, providing around 7,000 sandbags to residents.
Lt. Burleigh says there are no plans to offer more sandbags, but they are available at local retailers. "There’s the alternative to sandbags, we’ve been letting people know about that." He adds, "You can use dirt in plastic bags or visqueen and duct tape; we’ve shown some people to – ‘thinking beyond the sandbags’ is what we’re trying to say – tires and visqueen."
And, he tells KBND News, "There’s also looking at clearing storm drains and catch basins, pulling snow away from your foundation and siding, getting roofs cleared off and finding your fire hydrants; those are some things you can do to really help get yourself through the situation we’re looking at right now."