Where to find sandbags near you in Central Florida

Counties distributing sandbags in preparation for Irma

By Amanda Castro - Reporter/Anchor

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Space Coast still remains in Hurricane Irma’s projected path as of Thursday. Ten Central Florida counties have sandbag pickup locations.

Find a sandbag distribution location near you by clicking on the county links below. The lists will be updated as supplies run out or new locations are added. As hurricane shelters open that information will be added as well.

Brevard County | Flagler County | Lake County  | Marion County | Orange County | Osceola County

Polk County | Seminole County | Sumter County | Volusia County

At the sandbag location on Woods Avenue, people showed up early and drivers waited for hours in long lines.

"It's total chaos," Ann Merritt said.

Merritt tells News 6 she arrived at the site around 9 a.m. Thursday. She said at one point she got so frustrated with waiting that she walked over to the city's Streets and Stormwater Division facility and picked up a couple bags.

"I can hike over there and do 10 bags quicker than I could drive over there," Merritt said.

Wendy Irving got in line at 7 a.m. when the location opened. She was hoping to beat the crowds, but ended up spending all day waiting in the long lines.

"I'll probably be up here till about 4 or 5 o'clock. I'm staying. I just pray they don't run out before I get there," Irving said.

Orlando Police tried to keep the traffic moving quickly and smoothly. Officers directed traffic on all the surrounding streets onto Westmoreland Drive.

Once residents made it to the location, volunteers filled the sandbags and they were able to take 10 home with them.

"Got to get the sand. Two houses, got to protect them," one man said while filling sandbags.

Despite the chaos, traffic, and frustrations, many residents say they will wait for however long it takes so they can get ready for Hurricane Irma.

"If it saves the water from coming into my house and to replace the carpet, it's worth it to me," Merritt said.

City officials tell News 6 they expect to distribute 6,000 sandbags on Thursday. Both sandbag locations are open Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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