Leon County opens 4 sandbag locations in preparation of possible heavy rainfall

Posted at 11:35 AM, Aug 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 22:23:06-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Leon County is opening four sand bag locations ahead of anticipated heavy rainfall and potential flash floods.

Officials say the following locations will open Wednesday at noon:

  • Tekesta Park, at Tekesta Drive and Deer Lake Road in Killearn Lakes
  • Apalachee Regional Park (Solid Waste Management Facility), 7550 Apalachee Parkway
  • J. Lee Vause, 6024 Old Bainbridge Road
  • At the intersection of Oak Ridge Rd at Ranchero Road

Leon County will staff these sites, though they are reminding residents to bring their own shovels.

Sand, bags and ties will be available on site for public use. Residents are asked to take no more than 15 bags so as to allow others to prepare.

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

The county advises residents to monitor the latest forecasts and be prepared to take the necessary precautions to protect life and property. The National Weather Service also warns that residents should not drive cars through flooded areas and that if they see flood waters to turn around and find another route.

Residents are also encouraged not to attempt to walk through floodwaters. Any and all flood water should be considered to be contaminated. Do not allow children to 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) at

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

Additional sandbag locations opened by the City of Tallahassee can be found below.

Tallahassee opens sandbag locations to cope with wet weather

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The City of Tallahassee is already preparing to help people prepare ahead of the weather.

Tallahassee is opening two sandbag locations to help residents cope with the expected wet weather:

City officials deemed that the greatest areas in need are near Messer Park and at Winthrop Park.

In just two hours, people will be able to come out here to Winthrop Park or go to James Messer Park to fill sandbags to protect their homes from potential flooding that may come about from the expected wet weather.

Due to the flash flood watch in effect for our area, City of Tallahassee crews set sandbag locations Tuesday night.

As usual, sand and bags will be supplied, but you should come with your own shovel. The locations will open up at 7 a.m. Wednesday.