Free sandbags and filling stations will be available in Stockton on Friday and Saturday due to possible heavy rains in the forecast. 

City officials cautioned residents who experienced flooding or high waters during the 2022-23 winter storms to prepare for the rainy season in advance.

Stations will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stockton Soccer Complex located at 10055 N. State Route 99, W. Frontage Rd, Weber Point Events Center at 221 N. Center St, and Van Buskirk Park at 1740 Houston Ave.

The stations will be self-service, self-fill, and residents will need to bring their own shovel as well as show identification with a City of Stockton address.

Employees from the city will be available to help assist people with filling and loading bags into their vehicles.

Victoria Franco is a Stockton-based reporter covering the diverse news around the Central Valley as part of the Report for America program. As a Stockton native, Franco is proud to cover stories within her community and report a variety of coverage. She is a San Jose State University alumna with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. In her collegiate years she was Managing Editor for the Spartan Daily. From her time at the Spartan Daily she helped lead her staff to California College Media Awards and a General Excellence first place. Victoria encourages readers to email her story tips and ideas at [email protected].