To assist residents with property protection from potential flooding due to monsoon storms, the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) will distribute free sandbags in the north parking lot of the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. Sixth Avenue every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice.
In addition to the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, a self-serve sandbag site is now open in the east parking lot of Hi Corbett Field, 700 S. Randolph Way, at Reid Park. At this location, residents should bring their own shovel and will fill their own sandbags.
To accommodate as many residents as possible with sandbags, there is a limit of 10 sandbags per vehicle.
The sandbag distribution program is part of TDOT’s annual Operation Splash Program. Operation Splash went into effect in mid-June. During Operation Splash, TDOT Street Maintenance staff are on call to monitor dip crossings and washes. By monitoring radar from the National Weather Service in Tucson and the Pima County Regional Flood Control District ALERT System, staff may also begin barricading dip crossings in anticipation of incoming floodwater. Crews also barricade dip crossings that are flowing with storm water.
All low-lying areas in the City of Tucson are subject to flooding during the summer thunderstorm season. During Operation Splash, City crews are on call day and night to put in place more than 500 barricades at approximately 150 dip crossings.
The goal of the program is to make sure motorists do not enter flooded roadways. Please remind the traveling public that a barricade in place on a roadway is a sign that unsafe conditions exist ahead.
After the floodwater recedes, Street and Traffic Maintenance crews begin evaluating conditions of the roadway and remove any accumulation of hazardous debris.