Sandbags available at multiple locations in Tampa Bay area

Sandbag distribution at Macfarlane Park in Tampa.

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (WFLA) — Sandbags are available at multiple locations as Tropical Storm Emily brings heavy rain to the Tampa Bay area. We will continue to add locations as we receive them, so be sure to check back.


ST. PETERSBURG: Sandbags are being distributed to St. Petersburg residents at the Traffic Operations Building which is located at 1744 9th Ave N. Sandbags will be distributed beginning at 10:30 a.m. We’ll have signs on 9th Ave. to direct residents.

TARPON SPRINGS: Due to the current weather event in the Gulf, the City of Tarpon Springs will be activating our three (3) usual Sandbag locations today. They will be in place until further notice & maintained as necessary.

  • Splash Park (Live Oak Street between Alt 19 and US 19)
  • Sponge Docks (West End at Roosevelt Blvd)
  • Dorsett Park (E. Harrison Street)

They will be open by 8:30 a.m. Monday morning.

PINELLAS PARK: Pinellas Park Residents can get up to 10 sandbags until 6:00 pm today. Residents must show a water bill or valid driver’s license indicating they are a resident of Pinellas Park in order to receive their sandbags. For more information about sandbags, please contact the Public Works Department at 727-369-5617. Pick up location and times are below:

  • Where: Public Works Facilities Building, 6151 78th Ave N, Pinellas Park, FL 33781
  • When: July 31 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

PINELLAS COUNTY: Pinellas County Emergency Management advises residents to take extra precautions today, particularly to avoid driving through flooded streets and to stay informed about developing weather conditions. Emergency Management has made sandbags available for citizens in unincorporated Pinellas County at the following locations:

  • John Chesnut Park, 2200 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor
  • John S. Taylor Park, 1100 Eighth Ave. SW, Largo
  • Lealman Community Park, 3800 55th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

The Pinellas County Citizen Information Center is open for questions or reports of storm-related issues. Call (727) 464-4333.

GULFPORT: Sandbags will be available at Gulfport City Hall, 2401 53rd Street South, today, Monday, July 31, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. There is 10-bag limit and proof of residency may be required.


TAMPA: The City of Tampa is making sandbags available to city residents to help them prepare for heavy rain.

Starting Sunday, residents will be able to pick up sandbags at these three locations:

  • Bobby Hicks Pool — 4201 West Mango Avenue
  • Barksdale Active Adult Center at MacFarlane Park — 1801 North Lincoln Avenue
  • Jackson Heights Community Center — 3310 East Lake Avenue

All three locations will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice.

Sandbags are self-fill and there is a limit of ten bags per resident.

If you want to receive sandbags, you must show identification proving that you live within city limits. The city says a valid driver’s license, utility bill or electric bill will all work.

City officials are also asking anyone with a storm drain to make sure it is clear of all debris.

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

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY: Hillsborough County is making sandbag materials available to the public at all three County Public Works Service Units until 7 p.m. Monday. Materials will be available for Hillsborough County residents to make their own sandbags. Each resident must provide their home address and sign their name acknowledging the receipt of 25 sandbags or less. An instructional video is available on YouTube.

  • West Service Unit – 9805 Sheldon Road in Tampa
  • South Service Unit –  8718 Old Big Bend Road in Gibsonton
  • East Service Unit – 4702 Sydney Road in Plant City


  • LAKE WALES: The Lake Wales Fire Station has sandbags. If you need sand, go to S. 8th St. off HWY 60 E. behind the dog park and pick up sand.


SARASOTA COUNTY: Sandbags will be available Monday through 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following locations in Sarasota County:

  • Newtown Estates Park
  • Twin Lakes Park
  • South County Fleet Facility.



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