City of Tallahassee offering sand and sandbags

Sand Bags
Posted at 1:52 PM, Feb 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-25 09:07:31-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- In response to and anticipation of more heavy rainfall, the City of Tallahassee is opening a location where residnets may obtain sand and sandbags.

Residents will need to bring their own shovels and be prepared to fill bags themselves. Bags and sand will be available at 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Messer Field South Softball Complex on the south side of Jackson Bluff Road between Appleyard Drive and Dupree Street. There is a 25 bag limit per household. City crews will monitor the sites and provide additional sand and bags as needed.

The City is also monitoring water levels at Lake Talquin. As of 8 a.m., the lake was still roughly one foot below its normal level. The lake level is expected to continue to fall to 1.5 – 2 feet below normal level. This action will allow the Corn Hydro Electric Generating facility to minimize the impact from the heavy local rains and the upstream peak flow yet to arrive to the lake. Staff continues to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary.

The City's Emergency Management Team continues monitoring the storm system. Crews from departments are reviewing supply checklists in anticipation of response and recovery efforts, if needed. For now, all City services remain intact and on schedule.