Emergency Information & Advisories

News Releases
 Hazardous Weather Event Declared
Free Water Testing for Flood Effected Wells
News Release - Report Flood Damages
Sandbag Locations

Sand and Sandbag Locations

Not all locations have filled bags - bring a shovel to locations with empty bags and bulk sand and be prepared to load the bags.

Bald Hills Fire, 16306 Bald Hill Rd. SE, Yelm (filled bags, empty bags & bulk sand)

Fire Station 1-2, 10828 Littlerock Rd. Rochester (filled bags)

Fire Station 1-3, 18346 Albany St., Rochester (filled bags)

Fire Station 1-4, 2641 114th Way (filled bags)

Fire Station 83, 5046 Boston Harbor RD NE (filled Bags)

Fire Station 91, 125 Delphi Rd NW (filled bags, empty bags & bulk sand)

Fire Station 93, 2815 Summit Lake Shore Rd NW (filled bags, empty bags & bulk sand)

Fire Station 95, 5911 Black Lake Blvd. SW (empty bags & bulk sand)

Fire Station 12-1, 187 Hodgden St. SE, Tenino (empty bags and bulk sand)

Fire Station 12-2, 17134 Old Hwy 99 SE, Tenino (empty bags and bulk sand)

Fire Station 12-3, 5405 Skookumchuck Rd. SE (empty bags and sand)

Fire Station 13-1, 3707 Steamboat Loop NW (filled bags)

Fire Station 13-2, 8113 Steamboat Island Rd. NW (filled bags, empty bags & bulk sand)

Nisqually Tribe, 2048 B Chickaman Ct. Olympia 98512 (filled bags)

SE Thurston Fire Authority 21, 709 Mill Rd., Yelm (filled bags)

SE Thurston Fire Authority 17-22, 17701 Lawrence Lake Rd. SE, Yelm (filled bags)

City of Tumwater Fire Dept., 7007 Capitol Blvd. SW - South side of building (filled bags)

Town of Bucoda, 605 N. Main St. (empty bags and bulk sand)

City of Olympia Public Works - Please call 360-753-8333.

City of Yelm Public Works - Please call 360-458-8410

Thurston County Emergency Management, 9521 Tilley Rd. SW, Olympia
Filled bags are available between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Please call 360-867-2800 prior to pickup.

Sandbag Information

Thurston County Sandbag Priorities
Includes guidance for placing sandbags, information about sandbagging in groundwater flooding areas, and steps to take before a flood.

Guide to Estimating the Quantity of Sandbags Needed
Instructional flyer on estimating and placing sandbags, distributed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Release of Liability
Please fill out this release of liability form and submit it to the following address before picking up sandbags:
Thurston County Emergency Management
9521 Tilley Rd SW
Olympia WA 98512

January 2022 Flood Information

Emergency Management

Report Damages from January Floods

Thurston County Emergency Management is in the process of collecting damage assessments from the January flooding event in Thurston County.  Damage information collected will be compiled and submitted to the state in hopes of meeting a threshold for direct assistance with disaster-caused unmet needs.  If assistance becomes available, you will be contacted. 

If your primary residence or business was affected by flooding in Thurston County January 2022, please click the appropriate link below to complete a preliminary damage assessment form.

Qualified applicants may also have fees waived for disposal of flood debris at county solid waste facilities.

Individual Assistance Form (Individual) - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZX9RZBS

Individual Assistance Form (Business) - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZMC68KC

​Environmental Health: After the Flood

Thurston County Environmental Health is providing free water testing through Thursday, February 3, 2022. Testing consists of analyzing a water sample for the presence of E. Coli, an indicator that water may be contaminated flood water, animal waste, or sewage. You can pick up special water sample bottles and instructions at several locations throughout Thurston County. Locations and instructions are available at: http://ow.ly/rfC850HvnlK. People who have questions about their water quality or testing procedures can call (360) 867-2673.

Thurston County Public Health and Social Services, Environmental Health has tips for what to do during and after a flooding event to keep you and your home safe. Check out this 'After The Flood' safety packet for the steps you should take to recover from a flood.

What to do during a flood
  • Do not try to walk or drive through flooded areas. Water can be deeper than it appears, and water levels rise quickly. Follow official emergency evacuation routes. If your car stalls in floodwater, get out quickly and move to higher ground.
  • Stay away from moving water; moving water six inches deep can sweep you off your feet. Cars are easily swept away in just two feet of water.
  • Stay away from disaster areas unless authorities ask for volunteers.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.
  • If your home is flooded, turn the utilities off until emergency officials tell you it is safe to turn them on. Do not pump the basement out until floodwater recedes. Avoid weakened floors, walls, and rooftops.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and clean water if you come in contact with floodwaters.
What to do after a flood
  • Wear gloves and boots when cleaning up.
  • Open all doors and windows. Use fans if possible, to air out the building.
  • Wash all clothes and linens in hot water.
  • Discard mattresses and stuffed furniture. They can't be adequately cleaned.
  • Wash dirt and mud from walls, counters and hard surfaced floors with soap and water. Disinfect by wiping surfaces with a solution of one cup bleach per gallon of water.
  • Discard all food that has come into contact with floodwater. Canned food is alright, but thoroughly wash the can before opening.
  • If your well is flooded, your tap water is probably unsafe. If you have public water, the health department will let you know—through radio and television—if your water is not safe to drink. Until your water is safe, use clean bottled water.
  • Learn how to purify water. If you have a well, learn how to decontaminate it.
  • Do not use your septic system when water is standing on the ground around it. The ground below will not absorb water from sinks or toilets. When the soil has dried, it is probably safe to again use your septic system. To be sure, contact your local health department.
  • When floodwaters have receded, watch out for weakened road surfaces.
Visit the Environmental Health website for After the Flood tips and a flyer at: https://www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/ehadm/index.html 

The Washington State Department of Health also has helpful information on its website at: DOH Floods

Drinking Water Lab

The water quality lab carries out bacterial analyses of drinking water,surface water, suspected sewage discharges, treatment plant effluent, marine water, and soils. The lab also performs nitrate analyses of drinking water. You can learn more about the drinking water lab here.

Water Pressure Loss

A pressure-loss event occurs when pressure in the water distribution system drops significantly below normal. These events may be planned or unplanned and they can happen at any time—day or night. For example, system operators may intentionally reduce pressure in the distribution system when they install, replace, or repair water lines. Broken water mains, failed pumping systems, power outages, leaking storage reservoirs, and high demand, such as fire flow, can cause unplanned pressure loss within parts of the distribution system, or throughout the system. Here is information from the Washington State Department of Health on what to do with your well after a power outage or a loss of water pressure

Disinfecting Your Well

If your well has coliform bacteria, follow these directions to disinfect your well. 

Purifying Household Water

The two best ways to treat water are boiling and adding bleach. If tap water is unsafe because of surface water contamination (from floods, streams or lakes), boiling is the best method. Here's steps from the Washington State Department of Health for Purifying Household Water 

Dispose of Garbage & Hazardous Wastes

Regular Garbage, Furniture, and Construction-style Debris

  • Schedule a bulk item pickup with your waste hauler.
  • Haul materials yourself to one of Thurston County's solid waste facilities. Vehicles or trailers with a mechanized dump feature must use the Waste and Recovery Center in Lacey.
  • Asbestos-containing materials require an appointment at the Waste and Recovery Center. Call 360-867-2491.


  • Schedule a bulk item pickup with your waste hauler.
  • Washing machines, dryers, ovens, etc. are accepted at any of the county's three solid waste facilities.
  • Refrigerated appliances (refrigerators, freezers, water coolers, dehumidifiers, etc.) are only accepted at the Waste and Recovery Center and a special handling fee applies.
  • Search additional recycling and disposal options with the Where Do I Take My? online directory.

Hazardous Wastes

  • Take pesticides, fertilizers, fuels, motor oil, cleaners, and other household hazardous wastes to HazoHouse in Lacey. This service is free for Thurston County residents. Businesses must call 360-867-2491 to complete the initial registration and schedule each appointment. The registration form can be completed in advance and customers will be billed using the information provided.
  • Businesses (or residents with large volumes) should contact the Department of Ecology Regional Spills Response Program.

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