OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Oakland officials are prepping for rainy days ahead — many of which are expected to arrive soon.

The Public Works Agency is preparing for wet weather by providing sandbags for residents and businesses starting Monday. About 20 sandbags and 50 feet of plastic sheeting will be available per household or business at the Municipal Service Center and the Public Works Drainage Maintenance Satellite Office.

Proof of Oakland residency is required to receive sandbags and sheeting. Many Oakland fire stations will also join storm preparations by distributing sandbags to residents. A limit of five sandbags per household will be available for pick up at fire stations, as well.

The agency is also calling for volunteers to join the “Adopt A Spot” campaign with “Maintain A Drain.” Residents can help prevent flooding by keeping a storm drain in their neighborhood debris free. Volunteers will then receive a free set of rain gear, a rake and debris bags.

The agency reminds, “If it is plugged, it will flood.”

Sandbag and plastic sheeting pick-up locations include Municipal Service Center at 7101 Edgewater Drive and Maintenance Satellite Office at 5921 Shepherd Canyon Road.

In an emergency or to report storm damage, residents can call the Public Works Agency call center at (510) 615-5566.

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