In preparation for potential impacts from Tropical Storm Erika, sandbags will be available to residents of unincorporated Pinellas County on Saturday, Aug. 29, and Sunday, Aug. 30, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at these locations:
- John Chesnut Sr. Park
2200 East Lake Road in Palm Harbor
- John S. Taylor Park
1100 Eighth Ave. SW in Largo
- Lealman Park
corner of 39th St. N. and 54th Ave. N.
Information on the additional availability of sandbags will be updated as the storm approaches.
Pinellas County will provide bags and shovels. Residents are responsible for filling their own bags.
Sandbags will be limited to 20 per person. Proof of Pinellas County residence or business location is required. Residents who live in a city or town in Pinellas County should contact that municipality for the availability of sandbags in their area.
To fill sandbags:
- Fill sandbags one-half full
- Use sand if readily available, otherwise, use local soil/dirt
- Fold top of sandbag down and rest bag on its folded top
To place sandbags:
- Take care in stacking sandbags
- Limit placement to three layers unless a building is used as a backing or sandbags are placed in a pyramid
- Tap each sandbag into place, completing each layer prior to starting the next layer
- Clear a path between buildings for debris flow
- Lay a plastic sheet between the building and the bags to control water flow and prevent water from seeping into sliding glass doors
Emergency Management has been notified of the following available sandbags from cities. Please check your local Municipality for a full list.
- Belleair Beach - behind the Community Center, after 10:00 A.M. Bring your own shovel. Belleair Beach Residents Only.
- Clearwater - Sand is available until it is gone outside the City of Clearwater Complex at 1650 N. Arcturas Avenue, Clearwater. Residents need to bring their own sand bags and shovel. The sand will be accessible 24 hours per day.
- Dunedin -
Sandbags are available at 1937 Ed Eckert Dr., shovels and bags provided. Location is off Michigan Blvd. next to Fire Station 61 and Highlander park. Call Public Services at 727-298-3232 for more information.
- Gulfport - Gulfport City Hall - Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
2401 53rd St. S.
There is a 10 bag limit. Proof of residency required.
- Largo - (no sand bags available)
- Oldsmar City Hall - Now available. The site will be unmanned, but will have shovels and bags for residents.
- Pinellas Park - Adamak Bldg.
7780 60th St. - available - Monday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Pinellas Park residents only
- Safety Harbor - (no sand bags available)
- St. Petersburg - sandbags available to residents beginning Sunday, August 30, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., until supplies are exhausted. Sand and bags are available at the following three locations until further notice:
- Northeast Park, 875 62nd Ave. NE. (located at the Cardinal Drive entrance to Mangrove Bay Golf Course)
- Bartlett Park, 22nd Ave. S. (between 6th and 7th Streets)
- Northwest Pool Parking Lot, 2331 60th St. N.
- Tarpon Springs - Tarpon Springs residents only
- Dodecanese Blvd. / Roosevelt
- Harrison St. at "Dorsett Park"
- Live Oak /Saffod Ave. - "Splash Park"
- Treasure Island - (no sand bags available)
* Sandbags are available through local home improvement stores, sand sold separately.
- Important: Disposal of sandbags
Sand and sand bags that have been in contact with floodwaters may be contaminated with sewage or septic waste, animal waste, oil and gasoline residue, lawn chemicals such as fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, or other hazardous chemicals. Caution should be used to avoid direct human contact when handling sand or sand bags, such as wearing gloves and a dust mask if there is loose or blowing material. Do not place used sand in or near bodies of water, playgrounds, sandboxes or other areas of direct human contact.