If there is flooding, DO NOT WALK OR DRIVE THROUGH THE WATER. The water is often fast moving and can easily knock people off their feet and carry them away at only a foot deep. It is also often contaminated with raw sewage and various chemicals. If you come upon a road barricade, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO GO AROUND IT. Find an alternate route. The road is out and your car is in danger of being swept away with you in it by waters as shallow as two feet. Another problem is that the water hides the condition of the road beneath it – you have no way of knowing if the sidewalk or road is even still there.

If you need sandbags, you can go to the southeast side of the Falls City Public Works’ shop on Parry Road across from the Post Office. It is a self-serve site. Bags are stored in the pipe next to the sand pile but you will need to bring your own shovel. And be sure to check out our post on how to fill, stack, and dispose of sand bags.

If you are outside of Falls City and want to pick up some sandbags on your way home, here are some locations (I will try to update it with more locations as we get more information if needed):

~In City of Dallas:
-At the Polk County Public Works Shops, 820 SW Ash St. In small building on left towards the front. Set up year round, gate opened during bad weather. Shovels provided. Self-serve site.
-Behind Dallas High School, 1250 SW Holman Av. Bags are located in the box next to the sand. Bring your own shovel. Self-serve site..
-The parking lot west of the Lyle Sports Complex on Ellendale. Bring your own shovel. Self-serve site.

~In City of Independence:
-At 555 S Main St in the gravel lot just before City Hall and across from the Independence Police Department parking lot.

~In City of Salem:
Park and Ride at Wallace Road NW and Brush College Road NW
Public Works Operations, 1420 20th Street SE

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