LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Leon County and the City of Tallahassee have opened multiple sandbag locations Monday ahead of anticipated heavy rainfall this week.
Beginning Monday, July 8 at 10:30 a.m., the City of Tallahassee is opening two sandbag locations:
· James Messer Park South, located at 2830 Jackson Bluff Road (on the south side of Jackson Bluff Road between Appleyard Drive and Dupree Street)
· Winthrop Park, located at 1601 Mitchell Avenue (near the tennis courts)
By 1 p.m., bags and sand will be available at two additional city locations:
· Lawrence-Gregory Community Center, located at 1115 Dade Street
· Jack McLean Community Center, located at 700 Paul Russell Road
At 2 p.m., Leon County will make sandbags available to the public at the following locations:
· Tekesta Park, at Tekesta Drive and Deer Lake Road in Killearn Lakes
· 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
Between the four sandbag locations, the city will have approximately 129,000 sandbags available and will monitor these sites to provide additional sand and bags as needed.
At city locations, you will need to bring their own shovels and be prepared to fill your own bags. There is a 25 bag limit per household. These sites will be open until the inclement weather has passed and it is determined there is no longer a need.
At county locations, sandbag fillers will be available to help quickly fill sandbags. Sand, bags and ties will also 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 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 walk through floodwaters. Children should not be allowed to play in, wade through or swim in flood water.
Any and all flood water should be considered to be contaminated. Within the Tallahassee city limits, citizens may report flooded streets by calling 891-4968.
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 www.LeonCountyFL.gov/ei/ [links.govdelivery.com].
Residents requiring more information or assistance should call Leon County Emergency Management at (850) 606-3700. To stay up-to-date with City of Tallahassee news and information, visit Talgov.com, like the City of Tallahassee on Facebookand follow @COTNews or @COTTraffic on Twitter.