With strong storms pushing through the area, the Maricopa Fire and Medical Department is offering sandbags to help residents prevent flooding.

Bags are available at the Fire Administration Complex, as well as local fire houses (calling each station ahead of time to check inventory is recommended). Piles of sand have been placed at the intersection of Wilson and Madison avenues in the Heritage District. Residents will be required to bring bags and a shovel to the pile site in order to fill the bags.

Residents are limited to eight bags of sand each.

MFD recommends filling bags only half way as they are more effective against preventing floods than a completely filled bag.

Maricopa is under a flash-flood watch as storms in the area, including south of town, could create conditions that lead to flooding of washes, streams and streets.