Report Flooding

Report flooding to non-emergency dispatch at (970) 249-9110

sandbag filling locations

East End
Empty lot on the southwest corner of Park Avenue and the San Juan Bypass across from the City Public Works Shop

Montrose County Road and Bridge Shop (221 West 5th Olathe)

West End
Naturita Community Center (411 W. Second Ave, Naturita)

IMportant Sandbag Info

  • There are free bags at each location that have to be filled.
  • Bring a shovel and gloves to fill the bags.
  • You are responsible for loading and hauling filled bags to your property. Know the weight limit of your vehicle and how many bags you can safely transport.
  • An adequately filled sandbag is 55-60% full to be stacked properly and full bags of approximately 30-35 pounds each. Each sandbag covers about 1.5 cubic square feet.
  • According to the Army Corps of Engineers, 75 bags = 1 ton.
  • If you need assistance with sandbags please call (970) 252-4043.

Montrose County Flood News

prepare for flooding before it happens

The record snowfall in the mountains this winter is beginning to melt. Spring runoff will cause streams and rivers to swell. Montrose County will see peak runoff in April and May. Now is the time to take action, prepare your property, and mitigate against spring flooding.

Be Informed

Sign up for flood safety alerts. Subscribe to news updates and social media alerts. Register for Montrose County Alerts here:

Make a plan

Develop a family safety plan – do your kids know how to get to high ground if flooding occurs? Are there roads near your home that could flood and trap you? Do you have extra medicine, food, water, and supplies if you have to stay at home? If you have to evacuate, how will you protect your pets and livestock?

Build a Kit

Prepare a Flood Emergency Kit by gathering necessary items like a first aid kit, non-perishable food to last several days, a can opener, water, radio, batteries, flashlights, medications, copies of essential documents, cash personal hygiene items, extra clothing and blankets, pet food and supplies, emergency phone numbers, cell phone and chargers. For more information about creating an emergency go kit, visit