Strong winds and heavy rains will add to the troubles that started with snow this week. Residents in low lying areas are encouraged to prepare by shoring up their homes with sandbags. Sand and sandbags are available at fire stations in Palo Cedro, Bella Vista, French Gulch, Cottonwood, Jones Valley, and Shingletown, as well as the Sheriff’s Substation in Burney, the Work Release Office on Veterans Lane in Redding, and the Lakehead Lions Club. Anderson has sand and bags at their Corporation Yard on Barney Way at Mark Way. Redding and Shasta Lake residents must buy their own bags at a hardware store but free sand is available at Redding Fire Station Number 4 on South Bonnyview Road or the Redding Corporation Yard on Viking Way. Shasta Lake has a sand pile at Ashby Road and Flower Street behind the Old Mill Eatery. People need to bring their own shovels. Clogged storm drains in Redding can be reported to 224-6068 anytime. Downed power lines in Redding should be reported to 245-7000. Downed PG&E lines can be reported to 1-800-743-5000.