Sand and sandbags are available across Cochise County, but residents will need to bring their own shovels and fill the bags themselves. To prevent the bags from disintegrating, they will be placed inside a metal drum next to the sand at the following locations:

Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Bisbee Road Yard, 1229 Hereford Road
  • Douglas Road Yard, 3665 N. Leslie Canyon Road
  • Willcox Road Yard, 500 W. Railroad Avenue
  • Benson Road Yard, 901 E. 4th Street
  • Elfrida Road Yard, 3988 W. Thompson Road


  • Cochise County Hereford Pit Material Yard – approximately half mile east of Y Lightning Road. This location has limited hours during the work week of Monday to Thursday. Please call (520) 432-9310.

Sandbags are available at any time at the following locations:

  • Coronado Lakes Estates (Douglas) — off Cipriano Dr. at the Water Tanks
  • Willow Lakes Subdivision (Benson) — at the Water Tank
  • Elfrida Fire Department, 10293 N. Central Highway
  • Whetstone Fire District, 2422 N. Firehouse Ln., Whetstone
  • Palominas Fire (Hereford Station), 10202 E. Highway 92
  • Palominas Fire (Miracle Valley Station) 9695 E. Highway 92
  • Portal Area – Intersection of Foothills & Portal Road
  • Bowie Area – 766 W. Business Loop off I-10

Flash Floods are inevitable during monsoon season.

We would like to provide you with a few safety tips that could save a life during this time of year:

  • Drive with caution:  It is recommended to drop down 5 mph from the posted speed during rain.
  • Approach curves slowly:  Rain, speed and curves do not mix. Should you start to skid or hydroplane, turn your steering wheel into the direction of the skid.
  • To reduce hydroplaning risks as you approach potential flood areas, slow down, avoid braking hard or turning sharply, and drive in the tracks of the vehicle ahead. Never use cruise control in wet weather driving conditions.
  • Do not cross flooded washes.  Moving water across washes and roads can be a powerful force and can drag anything down in its path.
  • Be aware of traffic signs: If you ignore traffic safety signs, such as “Do not enter when flooded”, or “Road Closed”, you may encounter a life threatening experience and may be financially responsible for your own rescue.
  • Know the area:  Be aware of roads and washes that have the potential for flooding. Determine an alternate and safer route. 
  • Call 911 in all life threatening emergencies:  Emergency Response Personnel are trained and equipped to reach people needing rescue.  Our department cannot enter flooded or muddy areas with heavy equipment.
  • Make other accommodations, if necessary:  Anyone who fears being trapped by floodwaters or cutoff from emergency response personnel should consider alternate, temporary arrangements.
  • You have the right to protect your property from floodwaters. However, your actions should not divert or obstruct the natural flow of runoff.                    

County Maintenance During Monsoons

During the rainy season EXPECT road damage. Repairs or grading of roads cannot be done until the weather is dry.  Operating on muddy roads or shoulders can risk the safety of men and equipment, and further damage the road.

Should you have further questions, please call: 432-9300

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