Tropical Storm Elsa: Where can I get sandbags across Tampa Bay?

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Residents across Tampa Bay are preparing for their first tropical storm of the year that could impact them as Elsa continues to near Florida.

Local counties and cities are helping with the preparation efforts by providing sandbags to residents ahead of any potential flooding.

Below are the available sandbag locations per Tampa Bay county. Residents are encouraged to bring a valid ID or proof of residency in order to pick up the bags.

Citrus County

The county will be offering sandbags to residents on Tuesday starting at 8 a.m. and will remain open until further notice. There is a limit of 15 bags per car.

  • Near the Homosassa Area Recreational Playground
    • 4210 S Grandmarch Avenue, Homosassa, FL 34446
  • Near Dan’s Clam Stand
    • 7500 W. Gulf to Lake Highway, Crystal River, FL 34429

Hernando County

Starting Tuesday morning, residents can pick up a limited number of sandbags in preparation for Tropical Storm Elsa. The site is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or will operate as long as the weather permits. Residents must bring their own shovel.

  • Linda Pedersen Park
    • 6300 Shoal Line Boulevard, Spring Hill, FL 34607

Hillsborough County

Residents can pick up a maximum of 10 sandbags at three locations across the county from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday.

  • Edward Medard Conservation Park
    • 6140 Turkey Creek Road, Plant City, FL 33567
  • E.G. Simmons Conservation Park
    • 2401 19th Avenue NW, Ruskin, FL 33570
  • Ed Radice Park
    • 14720 Ed Radice Drive, Tampa, FL 33626

The City of Tampa is also offering sandbags to residents at the following locations from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday:

  • Al Barnes Park South
    • 2902 N. 32nd Street, Tampa, FL 33605
  • Himes Avenue Complex
    • 4501 S. Himes Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611
  • MacFarlane Park
    • 1700 North MacDill Avenue, Tampa, FL 33607

The City of Temple Terrace is also providing sandbags to residents on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Youth Sports Complex
    • 10369 US Highway 301, Temple Terrace, FL 33637

Manatee County

Starting Tuesday morning, residents can pick up a limit of 10 sandbags per household at three locations around the county. Each site is open at 8 a.m. and will continue to operate as long as the weather permits.

  • Self-Serve Distribution Site (Bags and sand provided)
    • Public Works Department Stormwater Facility 
      • 5511 39th Street E, Bradenton, FL 34203
  • Full-Service Distribution Site
    • GT Bray Park (Parking Lot)
      • 5502 33rd Avenue Drive W, Bradenton, FL 34209
  • Pre-made Sandbag Distribution Site
    • Manatee Beach Parking Lot
      • 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Pinellas County

Sandbags will be made available to residents from 7 a.m. to noon on Tuesday at two parks.

  • Walsingham Park
    • 2615 102nd Avenue, Seminole, FL 33778
  • John Chesnut Sr. Park
    • 2200 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor, FL 34685

The City of St. Petersburg is also offering sandbags to residents starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

  • Year-round self-service sandbag site
    • 1744 9th Avenue N, St. Petersburg, FL 33713
  • Northeast Park
    • 875 62nd Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702 (located at the Cardinal Drive entrance to Mangrove Bay Golf Course)
  • James “JC” Turner Fields
    • 643 22nd Avenue S, St. Petersburg, FL 33705 (located on the south side of Bartlett Park)
  • Northwest Pool
    • 2331 60th Street N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710

Sarasota County

The county offered sandbags to residents on Monday, however, there has been no word on if sandbags will be given out on Tuesday. Residents were limited to 10 bags per vehicle.

  • Twin Lakes Park
    • 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 34241

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