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Here’s where you can get free sandbags in Central Florida

Tropical Storm Isaias remains on path toward Florida

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – As Tropical Storm Isaias continues to strengthen on its projected path toward Florida, multiple counties in Central Florida are offering locations for residents to pick up free sandbags.

Most sites will require residents to come equipped with their own shovels and also wear a face covering.

Residents are strongly encouraged to keep the bags for the duration of the 2020 hurricane season.

Below is a list of counties and locations currently providing sandbags. This list will be updated as more locations open and close.


Orange County

In Orange County, sandbags have been available for the last couple of weeks through its self-serve sandbag program.

Residents are encouraged to bring their own shovel and face mask.

Ocoee

Sandbags will be available until Aug. 7 at the Ocoee Public Works Department at 301 Maguire Road.

The sandbag distribution site will be open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The city will provide the unfilled bags and other supplies.

There is a limit of 10 sandbags per household and residents must present a valid I.D. with an Ocoee address.

Sandbags are first-come, first-served, and while supplies last.

Orlando and Winter Garden

Sandbags are also available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Saturday at Barnett Park, Bithlo Community Park, Downey Park, Meadow Woods Park and West Orange Recreational Complex. Click here for a map of sandbag locations in Orange County.

Winter Park

On Friday, residents will be able to pick up sandbags from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The list of locations include:

  • Ward Park & Showalter Stadium Parking Lot (288 Perth Lane)
  • Enter site via Perth Lane
  • Exit site via Cady Way

Each resident or business inside city limits is able to pick up eight sandbags.

Please bring a proof of residency - driver’s license, valid ID or utility bill statement,” city officials said.

The city will be using a machine that will fill and tie the sandbags. See how it works below.

“If it malfunctions in any way, please be prepared for a Fill It Yourself model with the city providing shovels, bags and sand on a first-come, first-served basis,” officails added.

If you are physically unable, city staff will be available to assist those in need.


Seminole County

Altamonte Springs

Sandbags will be available at two locations in Altamonte Springs. One at Eastmonte Park located at 830 Magnolia Drive (off S. Ronald Reagan Blvd.) Sand and bags will be available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The other location is at the Westmonte Recreation Center located at 624 Bills Lane (off Spring Oaks Blvd.). Sand and bags will be available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Oviedo

A site at the Oviedo Public Works maintenance yard at 1725 Evans St. will be open Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sanford

Sandbags will be available daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sanford Public Works facility at 800 W. Fulton St.

Sandbags will also be available for residents at the Boombah Seminole County Sports Complex on East Lake Mary Boulevard in Sanford. Sandbag distribution will run daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Residents will need to bring their own shovels to fill and load their own sandbags. Only 15 sandbags are allowed per household.


Volusia County

Daytona Beach

Parking lot off of Jean Street east of the police department’s Midtown Precinct at 995 Orange Avenue, supplies will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

City officials ask residents to bring their own shovels to fill bags and there is a limit of 10 bags a person.

DeBary

The City of DeBary has sandbags available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, and Friday at the DeBary City Hall Parking Lot.

Sand and bags will be provided. Residents will need to bring a shovel and fill their own bags.

There is a limit of 10 sandbags per household. Photo ID and proof of DeBary residency are required.

DeLand

A sand and bag station will be open Thursday until 6 p.m. in the parking lot south of Melching Field, along Hubbard Avenue.

The station will open again on Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Residents are asked to wear a face covering, stay physically distanced from others when possible and bring their own shovel.

Residents will be limited to 10 bags per household.

According to officials, city workers will be on-site during business hours to assist residents if necessary.

Deltona

The City of Deltona is providing empty sandbags and sand for Deltona residents at three locations between noon and 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Residents can find sandbags at the following locations:

Residents must provide identification to verify residency and are encouraged to bring shovels so they can fill up to 10 bags with sand.

Edgewater

The City of Edgewater has three sand pile locations available 24 hours a day for residents.

Locations include:

Residents should bring their own shovels. They may use bags purchased at local home supply centers; double-bagged, heavy-duty garbage bags also may be used.

Holly Hill

The City of Holly Hill will have sand and bags available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Holly Hill Public Works facility gate on 10th Street adjacent to Magnolia Avenue.

Residents must bring a shovel and fill their own bags. Residents may receive up to 10 bags; proof of residency is required.

New Smyrna Beach

Residents in New Smyrna Beach have two locations to pick up sandbags.

The Sports Complex off Sunset Drive will have sandbags on Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Those interested can get either 10 pre-filled sandbags at the football stadium or 15 fillable bags in the field next to the entrance. Sandbags are available only to individuals with proof of residency.

Residents must bring their own shovels if choosing to fill their own bags.

Please note that a barricade will be in place on Sunset Drive at its intersection with Turnbull Bay Road to ease ingress and egress of traffic and an electronic message board at U.S. 1 and South Street will guide traffic per the instructions and map above.

Another option for New Smyrna residents is in the open field next to Maintenance Operations Headquarters at 124 Industrial Park Ave. Sand will be available 24 hours a day.

Residents must bring their own shovels and bags.

Pillowcases and doubled-up trash bags may be used in a pinch as sandbag alternatives, officials said.

Oak Hill

The City of Oak Hill will have sand and bags available for residents from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Residents must bring a shovel and fill their own bags. Residents may receive up to five bags; proof of address is required.

Orange City

Orange City residents may pick up sandbags at the Waggin’ Trail Dog Park, 1201 S. Leavitt Ave.

Sandbags are available during the following times:

Residents must bring their own shovels and fill their own bags.

There is a limit of 10 sandbags per household. ID is required.

For those who require assistance, the Orange City Fire Cadets will be on-site Friday, from noon to 4 p.m., to assist filling and loading sandbags.

Ormond Beach

The City of Ormond Beach will have a self-serve sand pile and fillable sandbags beginning Saturday at the Nova Community Center located at 440 N Nova Road.

Sand and bags will be available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Ormond Beach residents can receive up to 10 free fillable bags. Identification is required. Residents will need to bring a shovel to fill bags and must load the bags into their vehicles.

Ormond Beach residents who would like assistance filling and loading sandbags into their vehicles can visit Nova Recreation Center from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Residents with special needs can request delivery of sandbags to their residence if they are unable to fill sandbags or unload sandbags from their vehicle. You can request this service on the city’s website at www.ormondbeach.org/sandbags or by contacting the Public Works Department directly.

Ponce Inlet

The Town of Ponce Inlet is providing sand and sandbags Thursday and Friday at the Ponce Inlet Community Center located at 4670 S. Peninsula Drive.

Sandbags are also available next door at the Ponce Inlet Fire Department, 4680 S. Peninsula Drive.

Residents should bring a shovel and be prepared to fill their own bags.

There is a limit of 10 bags per resident, and identification is required.

Port Orange

Port Orange announced that sandbags will be available for residents Thursday at two Port Orange locations.

The locations include:

  • Adult Center – 4790 S Ridgewood Ave. beginning at 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (or until supplies run out).
  • Coraci Sports Complex – 5200 Coraci Boulevard from 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (or until supplies run out).

Both locations will also be open Friday starting at 7:30 a.m. and staying open until 7:30 p.m., or until supplies run out.

Bags are provided by the city and residents are responsible to fill the bags.

Residents should bring their own shovels.

“If residents bring their own bags, please make sure they are small trash bags and are double bagged,” officials said.

Sandbags are capped 12 per household.

Residents must show proof of Port Orange residency in order to get sandbags.


Brevard County

Ahead of the storm’s arrival, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office officials said free sandbags will be distributed from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, or until supplies last, at the following locations:

NORTH BREVARD AREA

Chain of Lakes Park

2300 Truman Scarborough Way

Titusville, FL 32796

COCOA/PORT ST. JOHN/CANAVERAL GROVES AREA

Brevard County Jail (*across the street*)

855 Camp Road, Sharpes

MERRITT ISLAND AND BEACHES

Mitchell Ellington Park

575 Hall Road

Merritt Island, FL 32953

CENTRAL BREVARD AREA

Calvary Chapel Church

2852 Fellowship Place

Viera, FL 32940

SOUTH BREVARD AREA

Eastern Florida State College

Palm Bay Campus

Palm Bay, FL, 32909

There is a 10-bag limit per vehicle.


Lake County

Sandbags will be available at five locations in Lake County. County officials said residents must bring their own shovels and can take 20 bags of sand per household. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Here are the locations:

  • Astor Area on 23023 State Road 40
  • East Lake Sports and Community Complex at 24809 Wallick Road in Sorrento
  • P.E.A.R. Park on 26701 U.S. Highway 27 in Leesburg
  • North Lake Regional Park on 40730 Roger Giles Road in Umatilla
  • South Lake Regional Park on Max Hooks Road in Groveland

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