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Where to get sandbags, sand in Kent; how to volunteer

Kent resident Marilyn Bowman, who lives in the Lakes Community and is less than a quarter of a mile from the river, fills a sand bag Oct. 15 at one of the Kent-sponsored sandbagging sites in town. - Charles Cortes, Kent Reporter
Kent resident Marilyn Bowman, who lives in the Lakes Community and is less than a quarter of a mile from the river, fills a sand bag Oct. 15 at one of the Kent-sponsored sandbagging sites in town.
— image credit: Charles Cortes, Kent Reporter

Kent residents can pick up free, empty sandbags at the city operations facility, 5821 S. 240th St., also known as West James Street.

Residents can get the sandbags between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Each household is limited to 100 sandbags.

City staff will hand out brochures with the sandbags about how to properly fill and place the sandbags.

Residents can fill the sandbags at one of six locations during daylight hours and should bring their own shovel. The six locations are:

• The old Panther Lake Elementary School, 20831 108th Ave. S.E.

• Fred Meyer store, 10201 S.E. 240th St.

• Earthworks Park, 742 E. Titus St.

• Home Depot store, 26120 104th Ave. S.E.

• Totem Middle School, 25630 40th Ave. S.

• Grandview Park, 3600 S. 228th St., SeaTac.

City officials are looking for volunteers to help people fill, transfer and stack sandbags, which can weigh up to about 70 pounds.

For more flood information as well as volunteer forms, go to www.ci.kent.wa.us/emergencymanagement and click on Green River/Hanson Dam or call Kent Emergency Management at 253-856-4440.

For more information about sandbags, call the city operations division at 253-856-5600.

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