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City of Tampa to Open 3 Sandbag Sites Beginning Sunday, Sept. 25 at 9:00 AM

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The City of Tampa's Emergency Management team continues to monitor Hurricane Ian, which may impact the region within the next few days. As a precaution, the City of Tampa is activating three sandbag distribution sites beginning Sunday, September 25. 


The sites will be open daily from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM until further notice.


Himes Avenue Complex
4501 S. Himes Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611

Al Barnes Park
2902 N. 32nd Street, Tampa, FL 33605

MacFarlane Park
1700 N MacDill Avenue, Tampa, FL 33607
Site between Maxwell and Renfrew

The City of Tampa will have bags, sand and shovels available. There will also be volunteers available to help those who cannot fill their own sandbags.

Tampa residents interested in receiving sandbags must show identification verifying residence within the city limits. A valid driver's license, utility bill or electric bill will serve as appropriate identification. There is a ten bag limit. 
In addition, the City of Tampa requests that residents with a storm drain on their property check to ensure that the drain is clear of all debris including leaves and trash.
Residents should report flooding issues by calling (813) 274-3101.  
Safety Precautions

  • During any heavy rainfall or severe weather event, the City of Tampa encourages the motoring public to heed traffic advisories, obey traffic signs/detours, and to exercise caution when driving in and around standing water. 
  • Do not drive through water – it is difficult to determine how deep the water is.
  • It is best to avoid driving unless necessary.
  • Treat non-functioning traffic signals as a 4-way stop.
  • If you see a road closed, please follow the detour signs.
  • Avoid any downed or hanging power lines - they may be live.

Mayor Jane Castor continues to encourage residents to prepare now by taking the following steps: 

  • Stay informed with Alert Tampa 
  • Follow @AlertTampa on Twitter 
  • Text TAMPAREADY to 888-777
  • Text TAMPALISTA to 888-777 for alerts in Spanish 
  • Register at for voicemails and emails 
  • Have a plan and stay informed
  • Create your Disaster Supply Kit

Additionally, remember your evacuation zone may have recently changed. Make sure to find your correct and updated evacuation zone

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