While Hollister residents will have access to bags and sand as a precaution against this year's El Niño, most will be physically able to fill the bags themselves.
Others who may not have the ability to do so will find that Boy Scout Troop #436 prepared a ready supply at the Hollister Municipal Airport and was scheduled Monday to move them to the city yard at 1291 South St., where city employees will be on hand from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekedays to help load bags into vehicles for those who need assistance during rainy weather.
Residents are also able to pick up sandbags at three locations in the county: Fire Station No. 2 on Airline Highway; at the flagpole of the Hollister Municipal Airport; and at the county yard at 3220 Southside Rd, Those sandbags are typically available in advance of a storm. The county yard is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., while the airport and fire station hold regular business hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.