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Free sandbags are available and volunteers sought to “Maintain-a-Drain”

Posted: Jan 29, 2021
Location: Tracy, Calif.

 In preparation for more rain forecasted Monday and Tuesday, the City of Tracy has been removing debris from storm drains and channels to minimize potential flooding in streets and neighborhoods during storms like the one we just experienced.  These efforts also help avert pollution from reaching our local waterways.  The goals are to keep Tracy a safe place for all residents and visitors; and to help protect homes, businesses and the environment. 


The City has two programs available to Tracy residents and businesses that provide the public opportunities to actively participate in storm damage prevention.  The first is the “Maintain-a-Drain” program, where community volunteers can assist with keeping the storm drains in their neighborhoods free of debris.  Volunteers who choose to participate will receive a kit, which includes a rain poncho, leaf rake, safety vest and plastic bags.  By removing debris before it enters storm drains, runoff is allowed to move more freely through the City’s storm drainage system.  Volunteers interested in joining the “Maintain-a-Drain” program can learn more by watching this video or by contacting the Public Works Department at (209) 831-6300.  


“Residents can play an integral part in keeping our streets from flooding by volunteering to ‘Maintain-A-Drain.’  Preventative maintenance is the key to help alleviate flooding around town and really make a difference,” said Public Works Director Don Scholl.   


The second way that residents and businesses can help prevent storm-related damage is by placing sandbags where needed.  The City will supply up to 10 free sandbags per household/business.  During inclement weather conditions, sandbags are available for pick up just inside Gate #1 of the Public Works Department’s Boyd Service Center, located at 520 N. Tracy Boulevard.  To learn how to fill the sandbags using the equipment provided onsite, watch this


Residents can also follow these helpful tips to prevent flooding in their neighborhoods:

        Check and clean private drainage systems.

        Keep leaves, debris, trash and/or lawn clippings out of storm drains or street gutters.

        Place leaves and green trimmings in the brown garbage tote for bi-weekly pickup.

        Keep natural waterways free from obstructions.

        Report flooding problems to the Public Works Department at (209) 831-6300.


To report a problem, please use GoRequest or contact the Public Works Department by calling (209) 831-6300 or emailing publicworks@cityoftracy.org.



Tracy is centered in a triangle formed by major interstates I-205 to the North, I-580 to the west and I-5 to the east. A collaboration of effort from our elected officials, employees and citizens means Tracy is a clean and safe community where opportunity, growth, and success prosper. We invite you to come for a visit, open your business, and settle down to raise a family in Tracy. Take a look “Inside the Triangle.” You’ll like our pace, and you’ll love the place!



Carissa Lucas, Public Information Officer

City of Tracy City Manager’s Office

(209) 831-6102


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