UPDATE: City of Tampa Makes Sandbags Available to Residents in Preparation for Heavy Rain

10/05/16
This notice is archived content and this information may no longer be accurate.
The City of Tampa will extend sandbag availability. Sandbags will be available to city residents at three locations. Bobby Hicks Pool, Barksdale Active Adult Center and Jackson Heights Playground.  Make sure to follow @CityofTampa and @AlertTampa on Twitter for up to the minute information.
 
Hours of operation will be:
Thursday, October 6th—until further notice from: 8am- 7pm
 
Residents may pick-up sandbags at the following locations:

Bobby Hicks Pool
4201 W. Mango Ave.

Barksdale Active Adult Center @ MacFarlane Park 
1801 N. Lincoln Ave. 

Jackson Heights Community Center
3310 E. Lake Avenue
 
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.
 
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  tampagov.net/alert-tampa or call (813) 231-6184
 
Residents should also stay tuned to local television and radio stations for more information as severe weather approaches.
For additional information, please contact: 
Ashley Bauman, Public Affairs Director
813-274-8262