Sand bag operations open across Tampa Bay area

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Sand bags are being made available to Tampa Bay area residents ahead of this weekend’s anticipated heavy rains.

A surface low in the Gulf of Mexico is moving toward Florida and is expected to bring widespread showers and thunderstorms.

"The models show rainfall quite widespread, but I would rather be over prepared than underprepared," Pasco County Emergency Services Director Kevin Guthrie said in a news release. "Keep a close eye on the weather this weekend."

City of Tampa

Up to 10 sand bags are available to residents for pickup at two locations from 1-7 p.m. Saturday-Monday:

  • Bobby Hicks Pool, 4201 W. Mango Ave.
  • Jackson Heights Playground, 3310 E. Lake Ave.

Tampa residents interested in filling sandbags must show identification verifying residence within the city limits. A valid driver’s license, utility bill or electric bill will serve as appropriate identification.

In addition, Tampa wants residents with a storm drain on their property to ensure that the drain is clear of debris, including leaves and trash.

Residents should report flooding issues by calling (813) 274-3101.

City of St. Petersburg

Sand bags will be available from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday or until inclement weather begins at the following locations:

  • Northeast Park, 875 62nd Avenue NE (at the Cardinal Drive entrance to Mangrove Bay Golf Course)
  • Bartlett Park (Frank W. Pierce Recreation Center), 22nd Avenue S. between Sixth and Seventh Streets

Hernando County

A limited supply of sand bags will be available to Hernand residents Saturday, June 4, at two locations:

  • Hernando County Department of Public Works, 1525 E. Jefferson St, Brooksville
  • Hernando County Fire Station No. 2, 3445 Bob Hartung Court, Spring Hill, off Deltona Boulevard

Sand and sand bags will be available from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please bring your own shovel to use.

For information about flooding or protective measures, contact the Hernando County Sheriff’s Emergency Management Office at (352)
754-4083 or email To download a PDF of the Hernando County Flood Handbook, go to:

Hillsborough County

Sand bag materials will be available, up to 25 sand bags, for Hillsborough County residents fro noon till 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the following county Public Works sites:

  • West Service Unit at 9805 Sheldon Road
  • South Service Unit at 8718 Old Big Bend Road
  • East Service Unit at 4702 Sydney Road

Residents should bring their own shovels. Each resident must sign their name and provide their home address acknowledging the receipt of 25 sandbags or less. Call (813) 635-5400 to report flooding and road problems or to request additional information.

City of Tarpon Springs

Sand, sand bags and shovels are available at three locations for residents after 4 p.m. Friday:

  • Dorsett Park, 500 E. Harrison St.
  • Splash Park, 508 E. Live Oak St.
  • Roosevelt Boulevard Roundabout at Dodecanese Avenue

Pasco County

Sand bags will be available at the following locations, which will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Saturday until further notice:

  • West Pasco Government Center, 7356 State St., New Port Richey (self-serve)
  • J.W. Mitchell Park, 4025 Little Road, New Port Richey (self-serve)
  • Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson (self-serve)
  • C-Barn, 30906 Warder Road, San Antonio (self-serve)
  • Land O’Lakes Rec Center, 3032 Collier Parkway, Land O’Lakes (self-serve)
  • Fire Station No. 2, 6907 Dairy Road, Zephyrhills (self-serve)

Sand bags are available to Pasco County residents. Bags will be provided, but residents need to bring their own shovels. Limit 20 bags per Pasco County resident unless a special need arises.

New Port Richey

The city has opened sand bag operations for city residents from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Residents must bring their own shovels and are limited to 20 sand bags per household:

  • 6240 Pine Hill Road, New Port Richey (self-serve)
  • Fire Station No. 1, 6333 Madison St., after 5 p.m.

Bay News 9 – local-news

June 3, 2016 |

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