TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – As the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County continues to prepare for Tropical Storm Elsa, local officials are helping residents prepare for any potential flooding.

On Monday, July 5, residents can pick sandbags at multiple locations.

Hillsborough County leaders also decided to declare a state of local emergency in response to Elsa. The order is in effect through July 11. 

Hillsborough County

Sandbags will be available at the following locations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.:

  • Edward Medard Conservation Park, 6140 Turkey Creek Road, Plant City
  • E.G. Simmons Conservation Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW, Ruskin
  • Ed Radice Park, 14720 Ed Radice Drive, Tampa

Hillsborough County residents are eligible for a maximum of 10 sandbags per family. Residents must show a valid ID verifying they live in the county; a driver’s license or utility bill will serve as proper identification.

Residents can call 813-272-5900 to request additional information or visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe.


Sandbags will be available at the following locations from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

  • Al Barnes Park South, 2902 N. 32nd St.
  • Himes Avenue Complex, 4501 S. Himes Ave.
  • MacFarlane Park, 1700 North MacDill Avenue

Tampa residents are limited to 10 bags per family and should bring a valid ID such as a driver’s license or utility bill to verify their residency.

Temple Terrace

Sandbags will be available 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

  • Sports Complex located at 10369 US Highway 301

The sandbags are reserved for residents of Temple Terrace who must show a valid ID or recent utility bill that includes a Temple Terrace address. The station will be self-service with bags, shovels and sand provided. Assistance is available for the elderly or persons with disabilities. There is a limit of 10 sandbags per vehicle.

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