What a Difference a Flood Makes — City's Sandbag Giveaway Going Gangbusters

Money found is sweeter than money earned. True that — people love to be given things. And yet, last month, when the city offered to give away up to 300 pounds worth of sandbags to any San Franciscan worried about flooding, hardly anyone responded. Only 110 sandbags were given away in the course of one December week.

On Monday we wondered if the citizenry's response to the city's renewed offer of free sandbags would be as tepid. It was not.

We had an inkling that folks were getting their fair share of sand when, even during the Martin Luther King holiday, people in the Department of Public Works corporation yard we reached on the phone told us they were busy. How busy is busy? Here are the numbers: 

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