City of Tampa Makes Sandbags Available to Residents

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Extends availability through Monday

Tampa, Fla. (August 31, 2015) – The City of Tampa will continue to make sandbags available to city residents at three locations today, August 31, 2015, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Over the past three days, the City provided 15, 430 sandbags to residents in preparation for storms this week. 

Residents may pick-up sandbags at the following locations:

  •  Bobby Hicks Pool- 4201 W. Mango Avenue
  • Jackson Heights Playground -3310 E. Lake Avenue
  • City of Tampa Solid Waste 4010 W. Spruce Street

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. 

You can view street closures and flooded areas in real time on our new Flood Map at

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.

Stay up-to-date

Sign up for Alert Tampa, the city’s official emergency alert system, to receive time sensitive notifications which will be sent directly to your email, cell phone, and in some cases, home phone.  Alert Tampa will provide you the official information you can use to keep your business, your home, and your family safe.  To sign up today, visit our website at or call (813) 231-6184. 

Residents should also stay tuned to local television and radio stations for more information as Tropical Storm Erika coverage continues.

For additional information, please contact:
Christina Barker, Special Assistant to the Mayor
(813) 274-8497