The series of storms that have drenched California over the past few weeks mean that local flooding, mudslides and debris flows are a distinct possibility. Therefore, Lancaster officials have made available stockpiles of sand placed at strategic locations to allow residents to fill sandbags in preparation for more wet weather. There is no charge for the sand, however you must supply the bags and shovels. All local fire stations will distribute 25 sand bags per resident

Officials recommend you carefully fill the bags and not top them off which could cause tearing and an inability to stack them properly.

Overfilling the bags may comprise sandbag barriers, thus allowing water to flow through openings. Always leave enough room in each bag to allow them to be tied off and easily stacked. Obtain the sand at the following locations:

—Northeast corner of Avenue L-8 and 6th Street West;

—615 W. Avenue H (City of Lancaster Maintenance Yard parking lot);

—43000 N. 30th Street East (northeast corner of soccer center, access off of 35th Street);

—44910 27th Street East (Tierra Bonita Park parking lot);

—32nd Street West and Avenue M (west of drainage basin);

—44558 N. 40th Street West (40th Street and Newgrove Avenue, north of fire station).