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Central Florida cities offer sandbag locations ahead of possible Tropical Depression Ten impacts

6 p.m. Update:

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Tropical Depression Ten has formed, and the City of Sanford will offer sandbags for residents to prepare for the storm’s possible impacts.

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Starting Sunday, there will be empty bags and sand at 800 W. Fulton Street from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

People will need to bring their own shovels and gloves.

Seminole Emergency Management Director Alan Harris said the weekend preparation is a win-win, as either an exercise or getting ready for the real thing.

“Either way, we’re going to prepare our folks for whatever’s going to happen,” Harris said. “Hurricane Ian taught us a lot of lessons last year, and there are a lot of people that are dealing with still dealing with some issues of repairing their homes, but they also are dealing with the mental issues of their homes flooding.”

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While it is early to predict the path of Invest 93L in the tropics, several Central Florida cities and counties are helping residents prepare.

People living in Seminole County can grab sand and empty bags at Central Winds Park in Winter Springs.

The sandbags will be available until 7 p.m. or until supplies run out.

Read: Eye on the tropics: Invest 93-L continues to develop, Florida impacts possible

There will also be a similar pickup location in Altamonte Springs on Sunday and Monday while supplies last.

Those locations will be in Eastmonte Park, 830 Magnolia Drive, and Westmonte Recreation Center, 624 Bills Lane.

Both will be open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Each household is limited to 15 bags. While the location does not provide shovels, park rangers will be there from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to help.

Read: Gov. DeSantis declares state of emergency for 33 counties as Florida monitors Invest 93-L

The City of Oviedo announced it would open a sandbag location at the Public Works Facility starting Monday, Aug. 28.

Officials recommend entering and exiting the location off of Evans because the entrance and exit leading to Lockwood will be closed for operations.

Staff will assist residents in using a new sandbag-filling machine.

The location will open at 7 a.m.

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