Here are the Central Florida cities, counties offering sandbags ahead of Elsa

Residents asked to bring own shovels

Central Florida residents prepare for impacts from Elsa

There are several Central Florida locations where sandbag supplies will be available ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa.

Elsa made landfall in Cuba on Monday afternoon and is expected to creep along Florida’s west coast before making landfall near the Big Bend early Wednesday morning. Click here for the latest.

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Sandbags are available at five Lake County locations Tuesday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Residents must bring their own shovels and are limited to 10 bags of sand per household. No tools will be provided at sand deployment sites and residents are responsible for filling their own sandbags.

Sandbags will only be offered during designated times before a storm threat. No sandbags will be dispensed during storm conditions.

  • Astor Area (Fire Station #10), 23023 State Road 40, Astor
  • East Lake Sports and Community Complex, 24809 Wallick Road, Sorrento
  • P.E.A.R. Park, 26701 US Highway 27 in Leesburg
  • North Lake Regional Park, 40730 Roger Giles Road, Umatilla
  • Minneola Athletic Complex, 1300 Fosgate Road (13930 Education Ave), Minneola
  • Other locations listed in tweet below

Seminole County’s sandbag sites have closed and sandbags are no longer available, officials said.

While Seminole County is no longer in the storm’s direct projected path, residents should register for severe weather notifications at, county officials said Tuesday in a news release.

Oviedo will offer sandbags Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1655 Evans St.

“With the forthcoming weather, please take advantage of this service if needed,” Oviedo Fire/Rescue tweeted. “Also, please use this opportunity to prepare for future weather events.”


The city of Daytona Beach is offering sandbag supplies for its residents on Monday.

The city said people should bring their own shovels and visit the city’s facility at 950 Bellevue Avenue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no cost for sandbags and the city is limiting 10 bags per car.

In Edgewater, sand piles will be available 24 hours a day at three sites for residents to use to fill their sandbags. Residents should bring shovels and their own sandbags. The locations are:

  • Fire Station 57, 2628 Hibiscus Dr.
  • Mango Tree Lake, 901 Mango Tree Dr.
  • Airpark staging area, 1898 Airpark Road

South Daytona said sandbag supplies will be available from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the Piggotte Center at 504 Big Tree Road.

There is no charge for sandbags, but residents are asked to bring their own shovels.


Haines City will have sandbags available Monday outside the gate of the Public Works facility at 300 N. Fifth St. For those who need assistance loading sandbags, workers will be present from 8 a.m. to noon.


Sandbag operations are set to begin Monday for people living in the western portion of the county in the following locations:

  • Souls Harbor Church, 11808 N. Ohio St., Dunnellon
  • Martel Recycling Center, 296 SW 67th Ave., Ocala

There are no anticipated shelter openings as of this writing.

Emergency Management will be opening its citizen information lines at 8:00 A.M. Tuesday: 352-369-7500

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About the Author:

Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.