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Sand bags offered in Eel River Valley ahead of storm

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FORTUNA: Rio Dell and Fortuna are offering free sand bags to the community ahead of an approaching storm system this weekend.

Beginning Thursday the North Coast is expected to receive several inches of rain with the possibility of local flooding. Rio Dell residents can pick up sand bags in the parking lot behind city hall. Shovels are provided. Elderly and disabled residents can call city hall for special accommodations.

In Fortuna, free sand is located behind the park and recreation office. Bags can be picked up from the front porch. Residents must bring their own shovels.