Free sandbags offered in Southwest Florida ahead of Dorian

LEE COUNTY

FORT MYERS

The South Trail Fire Department will be distributing sand and sandbags at Riverside Church at 8660 Daniels Parkway starting around 1:45 p.m. Thursday and continuing until they run out.

The San Carlos Park Fire District is also supplying a limited number of sandbags. They are available for pickup at Station 51 located at 8013 Sanibel Blvd.

There is a limit of 15 bags per person and they are only available to residents of the San Carlos Park Fire District with valid ID.

Please be prepared to fill your own bags.

BONITA SPRINGS

The Bonita Springs Fire Station Four is currently out of sandbags, but say they still have plenty of sand. You will just have to make sure you bring your own bags to fill.

Sand is located at 27701 Bonita Grande Drive, Bonita Springs, 34135.

Enter through the front doors of the Station between the hours of 8AM-5PM; see map. Enter through the Station’s Bay if you arrive after 5 p.m. see map.

Shovels will be provided at the sand pile; it is wise to bring your own in case ours are in use when you arrive. The sand is self-serve; you will need to fill your own bags.

 

 

BOKEELIA

The Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District is offering sandbags at 5700 Pine Island Road, Bokeelia, FL 33922 (Fire Station #1)

Sandbags are limited to 15 per Matlacha/Pine Island residents with valid ID. You WILL need to show proof of residence.

Shovels will be provided at the sand pile, but they advise bringing your own in case all of the shovels are in use when you arrive.

The sand IS self-serve and you will need to fill your own bags.

ESTERO

Sand is now available at Station 43 located at 21500 Three Oaks Parkway. Bring your own bags. Limit of 15 bags per person, open to residents of the Estero Fire District. Please be prepared to fill your own bags.

CHARLOTTE COUNTY

PUNTA GORDA

DESOTO COUNTY

A limited number of sandbags are available for pickup at the Road and Bridge Office located at 1894 NE McKay Street in Arcadia until 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

County officials say you are encourage to bring your own bags to fill as well.

There is a 10 bag limit per household.

For more information, call 863-993-4821.

HIGHLANDS COUNTY

Officials in Highlands County already have preparations underway and have already begun filling sandbags ahead of Tropical Storm Dorian.

The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office posted the announcement on Facebook Wednesday afternoon.

Sandbags will be available for pickup for free at the Road and Bridge Office located at 4344 George Blvd. in Sebring from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m.

There is a 10 bag limit per person.

You can fill your bags at the sand piles set up at the following locations:

  • Avon Park: intersection of CR 17, Isabelle Lake Road and Old Bombing Range Road
  • Sebring: South George Blvd., just north of the EOC (turn off US 27 and take the 90-degree turn to the left, sand will be on your left past the gas pumps)
  • Lake Placid: intersection of CR 621 and Highlands Lake Drive

In addition, inmate crews will be available Wednesday and Thursday at the following times to help load sandbags:

  • Avon Park: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sebring: Noon to 4 p.m.
  • Lake Placid: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

 

Writer:Briana Harvath
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