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Where to find sandbag stations ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa

Elsa is expected to cause storm surge throughout Tampa Bay. Here’s where to find sandbags to protect your home from the storm.
Park rangers Kevin Anderson, Chad Cash, Antonio Valdez and Elizabeth Peterson work together to load sandbags inside the trunk of a vehicle at a Hillsborough County distribution site for residents preparing ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa at Edward Medard Conservation Park in Plant City on Monday, July 5, 2021.
Park rangers Kevin Anderson, Chad Cash, Antonio Valdez and Elizabeth Peterson work together to load sandbags inside the trunk of a vehicle at a Hillsborough County distribution site for residents preparing ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa at Edward Medard Conservation Park in Plant City on Monday, July 5, 2021. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Jul. 6
Updated Jul. 6

Tampa Bay will begin experiencing tropical storm conditions as early as midday Tuesday from Tropical Storm Elsa, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The agency issued a storm surge warning for all coastal areas in Tampa Bay, warning residents to prepare for more than just Elsa’s sustained 50 mph winds.

Related: Tropical storm warning issued for Tampa Bay region as Elsa approaches

Here is where you can find sandbag stations throughout Tampa Bay to help prepare for the storm:

Hernando County

Sandbags will be available Tuesday at 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Linda Pedersen Park in Spring Hill. Residents who come to the station at 6300 Shoal Line Boulevard must bring their own shovel and must fill their bags themself.

Pasco County

Four 24-hour sandbag locations are open in Pasco County and will remain open until Tropical Storm Elsa passes. All four locations are self-serve, according to county officials.

  • 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 Avenue, New Port Richey
  • Pasco County Public Works (C-Barn): 30908 Warder Road, San Antonio

Hillsborough County

Residents who provide documentation that they live in Hillsborough may receive up to 10 sandbags per vehicle at three locations. A driver’s license or utility bill will suffice as proof of residency, according to county officials. These sites will be open from 8 a.m. Tuesday until noon.

  • 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

Other self-serve sandbag stations will be open in Tampa from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

  • Al Barnes Park South, 2902 N. 32nd St.
  • Himes Avenue Complex, 4501 South Himes Ave.
  • MacFarlane Park, 1700 North MacDill Avenue

One sandbagging location will be open in Temple Terrace from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Sports Complex, 10369 US Hwy 301

Pinellas County

Residents may receive sandbags at the City of St. Petersburg’s year-round sandbag station at 1744 Ninth Avenue N. The city has also opened more sandbag stations that will be open starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

  • Northeast Park, 875 62nd Avenue NE (located at the Cardinal Drive entrance to Mangrove Bay Golf Course)
  • James “JC” Turner Fields, 643 22nd Avenue S (located on the south side of Bartlett Park)
  • Northwest Pool, 2331 60th Street N

Sandbag sites run by the county will be open at two parks from 7 a.m. to noon on Tuesday morning.

  • Walsingham Park: 2615 102nd Avenue, Seminole
  • John Chesnut Park: 2200 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor.

Pinellas Park residents may use the city’s sandbag sites beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

  • Helen Howarth Park (premade sandbags for those who need assistance): 6301 94th Ave. N
  • Pinebrook Park: 7202 118th Ave. N
  • Broderick Park: 6101 66th Ave N.

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