Some local governments have opened sandbag stations in anticipation that Tropical Storm Elsa will bring some flooding and storm surge to the Tampa Bay region in the coming days.
The region’s biggest governments, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties and the cities of St. Petersburg and Tampa, have not yet announced the opening of sandbag sites. But sandbags are available in Pasco and Hernando counties and the cities of Gulfport and Pinellas Park.
The Pasco County Division of Emergency Management has a video to help the public learn how to properly fill sandbags.
Some quick tips: Fill them halfway or two-thirds of the way. Do not overfill, otherwise they’ll will leak sand. Stack sandbags to stagger the seams. Tuck each bag under to ensure its own weight seals it in place.
Remember that sandbagging cannot protect property from flooding or storm surge. Sandbags can help keep minor flooding away from doorways, garage doors, etc., to keep water out of structures. They can also help protect against inconsiderate drivers speeding through flood streets, sending water rippling into nearby homes or businesses.
These sandbag distribution locations open Monday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. or until supplies last. Sandbags limited to 20 per person, Materials will be supplied, shovels available.
- John Chesnut Sr. Park: 2200 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor
- Walsingham Park: 12615 102nd Ave., Seminole
The city has opened a self-service sandbag site from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Proof of residency may be required. There is a 10-bag limit.
- 49th Street Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th St. S
The city has set up three self-service sandbag sites open to residents only. A valid driver’s license or water bill must be presented, and there is a 10-bag limit. No word yet whether it will be open Monday. These locations will be open Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
- Helen S. Howarth Community Park, 6301 94th Ave N
- Pinebrook Park, 7202 118th Ave N
- Broderick Park, 6101 66th Ave N
Sandbags will be available starting Monday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations. Hillsborough County residents are eligible for a maximum of 10 sandbags per family and must show identification such as a driver’s license or utility bill to verify residency.
- Edward Medard Conservation Park, 6140 Turkey Creek Road, Plant City
- E.G. Simmons Conservation Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW, Ruskin
- Ed Radice Park, 14720 Ed Radice Drive, Tampa
The city is making sandbags available 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the following locations. Tampa residents are limited to 10 bags per family and should bring identification such as a driver’s license or utility bill to verify residency.
- Al Barnes Park South, 2902 N. 32nd St.
- Himes Avenue Complex, 4501 S. Himes Ave.
- MacFarlane Park, 1700 North MacDill Ave.
The city of Temple Terrace will make sandbags available to city residents 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday. Bags, shovels and sand provided. Limit 10 bags per vehicle. Valid identification or utility bill with a Temple Terrace address is required.
- Sports Complex, 10369 U.S. 301.
The Pasco County Department of Emergency Management has opened four self-service sandbag sites that are open 24/7 on Sunday and Monday. Sandbags are available but patrons must bring their own shovels. Sand will be resupplied between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- W.H. Jack Mitchell, Jr., Park, 4825 Little Road, New Port Richey
- Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson
- Magnolia Valley Golf Course, 7223 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey
- Pasco County Public Works, C-Barn, 30908 Warder Road, San Antonio
Hernando officials say sand and a limited supply of sandbags will be available Sunday and Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents should bring their own shovels. The location is:
- Linda Pedersen Park, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Spring Hill
The city has set up one self-service sandbag site just to the north of its Department of Public Works building. That location will be open 24/7 on Sunday and Monday and will have bags, sand and shovels provided. Patrons are asked to leave the shovels at the site for others to use. That location is:
- Department of Public Works, 600 S. Brooksville Ave., Brooksville
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