Tracking Idalia: Where you can pick up sandbags in Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. — As Idalia approaches Central Florida and is expected to strengthen, communities ask residents to be prepared.



Here is a list of the sandbag locations being offered this week ahead of possible storm impacts.

Orange County

Orange County Public Works is making sandbags available to residents preparing for potential impacts from Tropical Storm Idalia. Five sandbag locations will open to residents on Monday at noon.

The sites will operate from noon to 7 p.m. on Monday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, pending severe weather.

The Parks and Recreation Division and the Public Works Department will have bags and sand available on a self-serve basis. Residents will need to bring their own shovel or spade to fill their bags. Orange County will provide 10 unfilled sandbags and direct residents to the sand pile.

Individuals with special needs who need sandbag assistance should contact Orange County 311 beginning Monday at noon.

See the list of locations below:

West Orange Recreation Center: 309 S. West Crown Point Road, Winter Garden, FL 34787

Clarcona Horse Park/Clarcona Outpost: 3535 Damon Road, Apopka, FL 32703

Bithlo Community Park: 18501 Washington Ave., Orlando, FL 32820

Meadow Woods Recreation Center/Meadow Woods Park: 1751 Rhode Island Woods Circle, Orlando, FL 32824

Downey Park: 10107 Flowers Ave., Orlando, FL 32825

For additional storm preparedness information and to sign up for OC Alert, the county’s emergency alert system, click here.

Winter Park

Winter Park residents can pick up sandbags on Monday from 2 to 6 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Rollins Softball Field parking lot located at 452 Harper St.

There is a limit of eight bags per resident or business owner within the city limits.

You are asked to bring proof of residency, either a driver’s license, valid ID or utility bill statement.

The bags are available as a fill-it-yourself model with the city providing shovels, bags and sand on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are physically unable to fill your sandbags, city staff will be available to assist those in need.

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Osceola County

Osceola County residents may fill and make sandbags at Osceola Heritage Park, located at 1211 Shakerag Road, on Monday from noon to 7 p.m. *UPDATE* The sandbag distribution will continue on Tuesday. Officials said 21,000 bags were distributed on Monday.

Supplies will be provided, including bags and sand, in a joint effort between the county, St. Cloud and Kissimmee. Residents are allowed 25 sandbags per household and must bring their own shovel or filling tool. Supplies are limited, and sandbags will be available for filling on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Seminole County

Altamonte Springs

There will be two pickup locations in Altamonte Springs on 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: DeSantis warns Floridians to be vigilant ahead of Tropical Storm Idalia impacts


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.


The City of Sanford will offer sandbags for residents to prepare for the storm’s possible impacts.

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.


Longwood will have sandbags available at Candyland Sports Complex on Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The bags are self-serve and there is a maximum of 10 bags per family.

Winter Springs

The City of Winter Springs and Seminole County will continue to offer sandbags at Central Winds Park on 1000 Central Winds Drive through Tuesday.

The self-serving sandbag operations will be available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. or while supplies last.

Each household is limited to 15 bags.

Residents should bring their own shovels and gloves.

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Volusia County

Daytona Beach

The city of Daytona Beach will offer sandbags to residents from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Monday.

Sandbags can be filled at Bethune Point Park, 11 Bellevue Avenue.

Officials said there is no charge for sandbags. However, there is a 10-bag limit per vehicle.

If demand and conditions warrant, sandbag operations will be extended to Tuesday.


The city of DeLand will open a sandbag location ahead of possible storm impacts.

The site will be in the parking lot south of Melching Field on 601 South Woodland Boulevard, at the corner of East Hubbard Avenue and South Woodland Boulevard.

It will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday and hours to be determined on Tuesday. *UPDATE* The hours will continue at the same location from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday.

Bring a shovel and ID for proof of residency.

There will be a limit of 10 bags per residence.

Port Orange

Port Orange will open up its sandbag distribution site on Monday for residents.

The site is located in the field next to the REC Center at 4655 City Center Circle, Port Orange. It will be open from 10:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday. The site will also be open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, depending on the weather.

This is a self-service site. You must bring your identification and a shovel. Staff will provide bags for use. There is a limit of 10 sandbags per person.

The site is in the City Center Complex between Dunlawton Avenue and Herbert Street on the northwest side of City Hall.


The city of Deltona is opening sandbag locations ahead of potential impacts from Tropical Storm Idalia.

Two sandbag locations will be open Monday from 8 a.m to 6 p.m.

  • Festival Park: 191 Howland Blvd.
  • Day Rd. Location: 2931 Day Road

This is a self-service operation where bags will be provided to our residents, but you should bring a shovel and someone to help with the bagging process.

Read: DeSantis warns Floridians to be vigilant ahead of Tropical Storm Idalia impacts

Lake County

Sandbags are available at seven Lake County locations beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday. Residents must bring their own shovels and are limited to 10 bags of sand per household. Residents should bring their own shovels and are responsible for filling their own bags. Sandbags will only be offered before the storm, and no sandbags will be dispensed once storm conditions begin.

See the list of locations below:

  • East Lake Sports and Community Complex: 24809 Wallick Road, Sorrento, FL 32776
  • North Lake Regional Park: 40730 Roger Giles Road, Umatilla, FL 32784
  • Astor Fire Station 10: 23023 State Road 40, Astor FL 32102
  • Minneola Athletic Complex: 1300 Fosgate Road (13930 Education Ave) Minneola, FL 34715
  • PEAR Gateway Park (front entrance): 26701 US Hwy 27, Leesburg, FL 34748
  • Four Corners Fire Station 112: 16240 CR474, Clermont FL 34714
  • Hickory Point Recreation Complex: 27315 SR 19, Tavares FL 32778

*UPDATE* These locations will also be open on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Marion County

The following sandbag locations will be open from noon until 8:00 p.m. on Monday and from 7 a.m. until weather conditions prohibit operation on Tuesday. All sandbag locations are self-service and bags will be provided.

  • Belleview Sports Complex, 6501 SE 107th Street, Belleview
  • Dunnellon Public Works, 11924 Bostick Street, Dunnellon
  • Ed Croskey Recreation Center, 1510 NW Fourth Street, Ocala
  • Jervey Gantt Park, 2200 SE 36th Avenue, Ocala
  • Martel Recycling Center, 296 SW 67th Avenue, Ocal
  • Tuscawilla Park (Reilly Arts Center), 800 NE Sanchez Avenue, Ocala, FL

Flagler County

Flagler County and the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office will have sandbag stations at:

  • Hidden Trails Community Center, 6108 Mahogany Blvd., Bunnell (Daytona North), from 3 to 7 p.m. on Monday and again on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Bay Drive Park, 30 Bay Drive, Palm Coast (The Hammock), from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, and again on Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Polk County

Polk County is making sandbags available throughout the county at Roadway Maintenance Units on Monday only. The locations below will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sandbag site locations are:

  • Mulberry – 900 NE 5th St., Mulberry, 863-519-4734
  • Lakeland – 8970 N. Campbell Road, Lakeland, 863-815-6701
  • Fort Meade – 1061 NE 9th St., Fort Meade, 863-285-6588
  • Frostproof – 350 County Road 630A, Frostproof, 863-635-7879
  • Auburndale – 1701 Holt Road, Auburndale, 863-965-5524
  • Dundee – 805 Dr. Martin Luther King St. SW, Dundee, 863-421-3367
  • Poinciana Park – 5109 Allegany Road, Kissimmee 34759

A maximum of 10 sandbags will be provided to each household

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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.