Eye on the tropics: Here’s where you can get sandbags in Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. — Central Florida counties are starting to release information about sandbag availability as a tropical system looms in the Caribbean.

Tropical Depression 9, now known as Tropical Storm Ian, formed Friday morning and could impact Florida by next week.


Orange County

Orange County Public Works is offering self-serve sandbags starting this Saturday.

Sandbags will be distributed at five locations: Barnett Park, Downey Park, Bithlo Community Park, West Orange Recreation and Meadow Woods Park. The sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Each location will be provided with unfilled sandbags and several large sand piles. Residents will need to bring their own shovel or spade for filling their sandbags.

People will need to show a valid ID with an Orange County address to get the bags. They will be provided 10 unfilled sandbags.

For individuals needing special assistance, please contact 311 and detailed information will be provided on securing sandbags.

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Seminole County

Seminole County announced Friday that a site will be open to offer sandbags for residents looking to prepare for possible impacts and flooding from the storm system.

The sandbag site will be open at Boombah Seminole County Sports Overflow Lot at 3450 E. Lake Mary Boulevard in Sanford from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be up to 15 empty bags available per household.

More information can be found by visiting PrepareSeminole.org or calling 407-665-0000.

Read: Seminole County opens sandbag site as tropical system could impact Florida

Altamonte Springs

Altamonte Springs will provide self-service sand and bag operations for city residents starting Sunday, Sept. 25, while supplies last.

The bags will be available at Eastmonte Park, located at 830 Magnolia Drive, off S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Westmonte Recreation Center, located at 624 Bills Lane, off Spring Oaks Blvd.), from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Residents must bring their shovels as this is a self-service operation. Each household is limited to 10 bags. Park rangers will be on-site between 3 and 7 p.m. for those who require assistance.

For more information, contact 407-571-8340 during normal business hours or at 407-571-8686 for after-hours questions.


The city of Oviedo will offer self-service sandbags on Monday, Sept. 26, and Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Evans Street Public Works Compound located at 1725 Evans St. from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Residents are urged to bring gloves and shovels to get their 15 bags per household.

Brevard County

Free sandbags will be available to residents beginning 8 a.m. Saturday at Mitchell Ellington Park. All events at Mitchell Ellington Park on Saturday have been canceled. The site will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Additional sandbag distribution locations will be offered in north, central, and south Brevard beginning Sunday. Location details and hours of operation will be announced Saturday afternoon. Sand is being provided by Brevard County Public Works and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office will have supervised inmate work crews filling and loading sandbags for residents. There is a limit of 10 sandbags per vehicle.

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Volusia County

Daytona Beach Shores

The city of Daytona Beach Shores will offer sandbag distribution this weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Daytona Beach Shores City Hall, 2990 S. Atlantic Ave., and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Shores Community Center, 3000 Bellemead Drive, Daytona Beach Shores, just west of City Hall. The city will have bags, sand and shovels, but residents need to fill their own bags. There is a limit of 10 sandbags per household/business and proof of residency is required.


The city of Deltona will set up sandbag filling stations this Saturday, Sept. 24, and Sunday, Sept. 25, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 191 Howland Boulevard, also known as Festival Park.

Residents must provide proof of residence and fill their own sandbags. Residents are asked to bring shovels to help expedite the sandbag filling and it is recommended to bring a helper, one to hold the bags and one to fill the bags.

There is a limit of 10 bags per household.


The city of Edgewater has stocked three locations throughout the city with sand piles: Fire Station 57, located at 2628 Hibiscus Drive; Mango Tree Lake, located at 901 Mango Tree Drive; and Airpark staging area, located at 1898 Airpark Road.

The sand piles are accessible 24 hours a day. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels and bags.

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New Smyrna Beach

The city of New Smyrna Beach will provide sandbags to residents at Sports Complex football stadium, located at 2335 Sunset Drive.

The distribution will be on the following days:

Sunday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

City staff will be there to help distribute 10 pre-filled sandbags at the stadium’s north vehicle loop or 15 fillable bags at a sand pile in the field, south of the main entrance.

Residents must provide proof of residence and those who are filling their own bags need to bring their own shovel.

Ormond Beach

The city of Ormond Beach has a self-serve sand pile and fillable sandbags at the Nova Community Center, located at 440 N. Nova Road.

Self-serve sand hours are Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Ormond Beach residents can receive up to 10 complimentary fillable bags from the Nova Recreation Center office during the hours listed above. Residents will need to bring a shovel and fill/load the bags into their vehicles.

Click here for more information.

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Osceola County

Cities of Kissimmee and St. Cloud

Osceola County will have a sandbag distribution location this Sunday, Sept. 25, and Monday, Sept. 26, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Osceola Heritage Park.

The park is located at 1211 Shakerag Road in Kissimmee.

The county will provide bags and sand, but residents will need to bring their own shovel or filling tool. Supplies will be limited and available for filling on a first-come, first-served basis.

There is a limit of 25 sandbags per household.

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Lake County

Lake County will have five locations available for residents to pick up sandbags starting Sunday, Sept. 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

o Astor Area: 23023 State Road 40, Astor

o East Lake Sports and Community Complex: 24809 Wallick Road, Sorrento

o P.E.A.R. Park: 26701 US Hwy 27, Leesburg

o North Lake Regional Park: 40730 Roger Giles Road, Umatilla

o Minneola Athletic Complex: 1300 Fosgate Road, Minneola

There is a limit of 10 sandbags per household. Residents need to bring their own shovels and are responsible for filling their own bags.

Sandbags will only be offered before the storm.

The city of Clermont will also open a sandbag site Sunday, Sept. 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the West Park Ballfields, located at 658 12th Street.

Residents will also need to bring their own shovels and fill their own bags. Only 10 sandbags will be provided per household.

Channel 9 will update this story with information from additional counties as it becomes available.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.

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