Hurricane Irma: Where to get sandbags

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (WFLA) — Several counties and communities in the Tampa Bay area are offering sandbags to residents ahead of Hurricane Irma, but supplies are dwindling fast.

MORE: Correct sandbag usage important to protect your home

Most locations require identification to prove you are a resident, and have a sandbag limit.

TAMPA: — More sand at noon

  • Bobby Hicks Pool, 4201 W. Mango Ave.
  • Barksdale Active Adult Center at MacFarlane Park, 1801 N. Lincoln Ave.
  • Alfred “Al” Barnes Park, 2902 N 32nd St, 33605
  • Himes Avenue Sports Complex, 4501 S Himes Ave, 33611 (located near Palma Ceia Little League)


We are quickly depleting our sandbag supplies and are projecting to use upwards of 30,000 sandbags just Thursday. Projecting this trend, sandbag distribution operations will be suspended at 4 p.m. today, some sites will be depleted sooner. We will resume operations once additional supplies are received, which is expected to occur Friday, Sept. 7. An announcement will be sent once operations resume.

More than 80,000 bags have been distributed since Wednesday at 8 a.m.

  • Department of Public Works in Brooksville (1525 East Jefferson Street)
  • Ridge Manor Community Center in Dade City (34240 Cortez Boulevard)
  • Fire Rescue Station 1 in Spring Hill (1479 Parker Avenue)
  • Fire Station 2, 3445 Bob Hartung Court, Spring Hill


Materials will be available for Hillsborough County residents to make their own sandbags until 10 p.m. on Thursday. Sandbags will be available again on Friday at 8 a.m.  Residents need to bring a shovel for sand bags. The nearly 200,000 sandbags distributed so far is six to seven times more than distributed during any previous storm event.

  • West Service Unit in Tampa, 9805 Sheldon Road
  • South Service Unit in Gibsonton, 8718 Old Big Bend Road
  • East Service Unit in Plant City, 4702 Sydney Road
  • Ed Radice Park in Tampa (14720 Ed Radice Drive)
  • South County Community Collection Center in Gibsonton (13000 US Highway 41)
  • Hillsborough Heights Community Collection Center in Seffner (6209 CR 579)
  • Central Service Unit in Tampa (4115 South 66th Street)


  • Bobby Hicks Pool in Tampa (4201 West Mango Avenue)
  • Barksdale Active Adult Center in Tampa (MacFarlane Park – 1801 North Lincoln Avenue)
  • Jackson Heights Playground in Tampa (3310 East Lake Avenue)
  • Alfred “Al” Barnes Park (2902 N 32nd Street, 33605)
  • Himes Avenue Sports Complex, located near Palma Ceia Little League (4501 S Himes Ave, 33611)


Distributing sandbags from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday

  • Buffalo Creek Park in Palmetto (7550 69th St E)
  • G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton (5502 33rd Ave Dr. W)
  • Lakewood Ranch Park in Bradenton (5350 Lakewood Ranch Blvd)
  • Stormwater Ops in Bradenton (5511 39th St E)
  • Rubonia Community Center in Palmetto (1309 72nd St E)


(UPDATE) Due to the unprecedented demand for sandbags, the City of St.Petersburg has distributed its entire supply of sandbags. No sandbag sites will open on Friday, Sept. 8.

William E. Dunn Water Reclamation Facility in Palm Harbor added as new site.

  • Northeast Park in St. Petersburg (875 62nd Avenue NE, available 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. Wednesday)
  • Bartlett Park in St. Petersburg (2000 7th St S, available 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. Wednesday)
  • Northwest Pool Parking Lot in St. Petersburg (2331 60th Street North, available 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. Wednesday)
  • Lake Vista Recreation Center (1401 62nd Avenue South, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
  • John Chesnut Park in Palm Harbor (2200 East Lake Road) – 7 a.m. to sunset
  • Taylor Park in Largo (1100 Eighth Avenue Southwest) – plenty of sand here but the line stretches for a mile and takes four hours
  • Walsingham Park, 12615 102nd Ave. N, Largo – 7 a.m. to sunset
  • Lealman Community Park, 2890 55th Ave. N., St. Petersburg – 7 a.m. to sunset
  • Clearwater – DONE
  • Tarpon Springs – locations to close Friday 8 at 3 p.m. or when supplies are exhausted

PASCO COUNTY (8 a.m. until midnight ):

  • Mitchell Park in New Port Richey (4825 Little Road)
  • Fire Station 17 in New Port Richey (2951 Seven Springs Blvd)
  • Magnolia Valley Golf Course Clubhouse in New Port Richey (7223 Massachusetts Ave)
  • Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson (14333 Hicks Rd)
  • C-Barn in San Antonio (30908 Warder Road)
  • Dade City Police Department in Dade City (38042 Pasco Ave)
  • Land O’ Lakes Rec Center in Land O’ Lakes (3032 Collier Pkwy)
  • Wesley Chapel District Park in Wesley Chapel (7727 Boyette Rd)
  • Zephyrhills Fire Station in Zephyrhills (6907 Dairy Road)
  • Fleet Maintenance, 6420 Pine Hill Road, Port Richey — 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The location at West Pasco Government in New Port Richey was shut down due to traffic issues.


Polk County residents have already acquired nearly 120,000 sandbags in preparation for Hurricane Irma. Roads and Drainage division is distributing the remaining sandbags that arrived today; they should be at distribution sites when they open again at 8 a.m. Friday.

These sites will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or until sand or bags run out. Residents will be given a maximum of 30 sandbags per vehicle.

  • Caloosa Lake Fire Station 910
  • Cottonwood Fire Station 220
  • Crystal Lake Support Station
  • Cypress Garden Station 580



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