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Sandbag Locations Open Around Tallahassee Ahead Of Potential Tropical Storm Fred

Florida Storms

With the threat of a potentially re-energized Tropical Storm Fred looming, the City of Tallahassee and Leon County government are opening sandbag locations.

The Big Bend could see heavy rain from the storm early next week.

The City of Tallahassee has two sandbag locations now open:

  • Mike Blankenship Skate Park - 2909 Jackson Bluff Rd.
  • Northwood Centre south parking lot - 1940 North Monroe St.

Sandbags are limited to 25 bags per household. Take a shovel since locations will not be staffed, but crews will monitor and provide additional sand and bags as needed. The sites will be open until the storm threat has passed.

Leon County Government will open four sandbag locations for residents as of 1pm.

  • Leon County's Northeast Branch Library, 5513 Thomasville Road
  • Apalachee Regional Park (Solid Waste Management Facility), 7550 Apalachee Parkway
  • Fred George Park, 3043 Capital Circle NW
  • At the intersection of Oak Ridge Road at Ranchero Road

Leon County will staff these sites and sandbag fillers are available to assist residents. Sand, bags and ties will be available for public use. Residents are asked to take no more than 15 bags.

Property owners who have experienced flooding problems in the past can use sandbags to help divert stormwater from their property.

The National Weather Service warns drivers who see flood waters not to drive through them -- turn around and find another route.

Residents are also encouraged not to walk through flood waters, which should be considered contaminated. Children should not play in, wade through, or swim in flood water.

Updates on official road closures can be found by downloading the Leon County Citizens Connect App in the Apple or Google Play store and the Leon County Emergency Information Portal (EIP) here.

Residents requiring more information or assistance should call Leon County Emergency Management at (850) 606-3700.

For updates on City of Tallahassee operations, visit Talgov.com.

Gina Jordan is the host of Morning Edition for WFSU News. Gina is a Tallahassee native and graduate of Florida State University. She spent 15 years working in news/talk and country radio in Orlando before becoming a reporter and All Things Considered host for WFSU in 2008. Follow Gina: @hearyourthought on Twitter. Click below for Gina's full bio.