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Central Florida Sandbags: Where can I get them?

ORLANDO, Fla. — With Florida in the cone of uncertainty for the first time this hurricane season, several local counties are making sandbags available for residents to help them get prepared.

Channel 9 compiled information from local counties about when and where county residents can pick up and fill the bags. See below for the latest information.

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Orange County’s free self-serve sandbag program is continuing through Aug. 1.

The county said the sandbags are first-come, first-served and while supplies last.

Residents are required to show a valid identification card with an Orange County address, and they must wear a facemask while filling sandbags.

There is a limit of 10 sandbags per household.

The following sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. everyday until July 30:

  • Barnett Park - 4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808
  • Downey Park - 10107 Flowers Avenue, Orlando, FL 32825
  • Bithlo Community Park - 18501 Washington Avenue, Orlando, FL 32820
  • Meadow Woods Recreation Center/Meadow Woods Park - 1751 Rhode Island Woods Circle, Orlando, FL 32824
  • West Orange Recreational Complex - 309 S. West Crown Point Road, Winter Garden, FL 34787

Residents will also receive one free package of face masks and travel size hand sanitizers.


Starting July 30, the city of Ocoee will provide free self-serve sandbags to residents. The sandbags will be available through Aug. 7 at the Ocoee Public Works Department at 301 Maguire Road. The sandbag distribution site will be open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The city will provide the unfilled bags and other supplies. However, residents are encouraged to bring their own shovel. There is a limit of 10 sandbags per household and residents must present a valid I.D. with an Ocoee address. Sandbags are first-come, first-served, and while supplies last. Residents are required to wear a face mask while filling sandbags.

For more information, please call the Ocoee Public Works Department at 407-905-3170.


Winter Park will provide sandbag distribution July 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ward Park and Showalter Stadium Parking Lot (288 Perth Lane). Click here for details.

ATTN: WINTER PARK RESIDENTS & BUSINESSES Sandbag distribution this Friday, 7/31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ward Park &...

Posted by City of Winter Park Emergency Info on Wednesday, July 29, 2020


Starting Wednesday, Seminole County residents can pick up sandbags free of charge.

Beginning July 29, two locations will be open daily from 8 a.m to 7 p.m.:

Boombah Sports Complex: 3450 East Lake Mary Boulevard, Sanford, FL 32773

City of Sanford Public Works Complex: 800 West Fulton Street, Sanford, FL 32771

Officials said empty bags will be provided, but residents should bring their own shovels and plan to fill and load their own sandbags, which will be limited to 15 per household.

SANDBAGS: Seminole County sandbag operations begin tomorrow, July 29 at 8:00a.m. Sandbags will be available for all...

Posted by Seminole County FL on Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The county added it plans to open a third location on Thursday (7/30) and Friday (7/31) from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.:

Oviedo Public Works Department: 1725 Evans Street, Oviedo, FL

Sanitation stations will also be available at these locations, county leaders said.

For more information on how to properly use sandbags, click here.


During an emergency, if sandbags become available from Volusia County of the cities with in it, the information will be posted here.


In advance of Tropical Storm Isaias’ forecast track to make landfall in Florida this weekend, the city of New Smyrna Beach will distribute sandbags at two sites.

At the Sports Complex off Sunset Drive, city staff will be onsite Friday, July 31 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to provide either 10 pre-filled sandbags at the football stadium or 15 fillable bags in the field next to the entrance to individuals with proof of residency (e.g., driver license with New Smyrna Beach address). Residents must bring their own shovel if choosing the latter option.

In the open field next to Maintenance Operations Headquarters at 124 Industrial Park Ave., sand only will be available 24 hours a day. Residents must bring their own supplies, including shovels and bags. Pillowcases and doubled-up trash bags may be used in a pinch as sandbag alternatives.

For more information, call 386-424-2205.


The city of Port Orange will have sandbags available for residents starting July 30 at two Port Orange locations for Tropical Storm Isaias.

The locations include:

  • Adult Center - 4790 S Ridgewood Ave. beginning at 2:30 pm - 7:30 pm (or until supplies run out).
  • Coraci Sports Complex - 5200 Coraci Blvd. from 2:30 pm - 7:30 pm (or until supplies run out).

Both locations will also be open July 31, starting at 7:30 am - 7:30 pm (or until supplies run out).

Bags are provided by the city and residents are responsible to fill the bags. Residents should bring their own shovels. If residents bring their own bags, please make sure they are small trash bags and are double bagged.

Limit is 12 per household. Residents must show proof of Port Orange residency in order to get sandbags.


The city of DeLand will make sand and bags available to residents in preparation for Tropical Storm Isaias.

The sand and bag station will be open beginning from 3 to 6 p.m. July 30 and will be located in the parking lot south of Melching Field and along Hubbard Avenue.

The station will be open again from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 31.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, residents are asked to wear a face covering, stay physically distanced from others when possible and bring their own shovel.

Residents will be limited to 10 bags per household. City workers will be on site during business hours to assist residents if necessary.


The city of Deltona is offering free sandbags from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 31 and August 1.

Distribution will take place at these locations:

  • Dewey O. Boster Park, 1200 Saxon Blvd.
  • Festival Park, 191 Howland Blvd.
  • Lake Butler Recreation Complex, 301 Courtland Blvd.

Residents are encouraged to bring their own shovels to fill up to 10 bags per household.

ID is also required to verify Deltona residency.



Residents can pick up sandbags at Chain of Lakes Park in Titusville.

There is a 10 bag limit per car and residents can get sandbags until 3 p.m. Saturday.


Sandbags are available at five Lake County locations Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The county said residents must bring their own shovels and can take 20 bags of sand per household. Residents must also fill their own sandbags.

Here are the locations:

  • Astor Area, 23023 State Road 40, Astor
  • East Lake Sports and Community Complex, 24809 Wallick Road, Sorrento
  • P.E.A.R. Park, 26701 U.S. Highway 27, Leesburg
  • North Lake Regional Park, 40730 Roger Giles Road, Umatilla
  • South Lake Regional Park, 13989 Max Hooks Road, Groveland
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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.