MIAMI (CBSMiami) — As preps are underway for a possible hit by Hurricane Irma, Floridians have a chance to stock up on sandbags to prevent damage to their homes.
Starting at noon on Wednesday, sand will be available at seven locations in Miami-Dade County where residents who live in flood-prone zones can go fill their sand bags. Residents can bring their own sand bags and shovels.
- Goulds Park – 11350 SW 216th St. Miami, FL
- Country Star/ Cambridge Estates, Naranja-28350 SW 136th Place
- Las Palmas- Krome Ave & 200th Street
- South Miami Heights/Oak Park (Roberta Hunter Park) – SW 117th Ave & SW 208th Street
- Chuck Pezoldt Park – SW 168th Street & SW 157th Avenue
- Serena Lakes Park – 13965 SW 180th Street, Miami, FL
- Eureka Villas Park – 14301 SW 180th Terrace, Miami FL 33177
Miami-based Adonel Concrete is also offering free sandbags at its Sweetwater plant located at 2101 NW 110 Avenue. The company has set aside a million pounds of sand per day for the public. Individuals are asked to bring their own bags to fill the sand. They will start passing out sand at 6 p.m.
Concrete Ready Mix is giving away sand to people who may need it. The company is located at 7301 NW 47th Street in Miami. The sand will be available until it runs out.
Starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday, city of Miami residents can pick up free sandbags at Grapeland Park 1550 NW 37th Avenue.
In Miami Beach, the city is passing out free sandbags to residents and are giving a limit of 10 bags per family. You can pick up your sandbags at 451 Dade Boulevard.
Cars were lined up at the Public Works Department in Miami Beach early Wednesday morning for self-service sandbag filling.
“A little nervous, a lot nervous,” said Elissa Stein.
Stein was up at 4 a.m. to beat the rush for free sandbags. She says she’s caring for her 91-year-old mother and can’t evacuate, trying her best at a defense against Irma. This was her 2nd time at Public Works after leaving empty-handed yesterday.
“I came yesterday and the line was 3 hours long, I’ll be here hunkering down with my sandbags,” said Stein.
In Opa-Locka, the Public Works Department will start handing out sandbags Thursday at 8 a.m. Residents can pick up sandbags at 12950 LeJeune Rd.
In Deerfield Beach, the city will be giving residents sandbags on Wednesday, September 6th from 12pm – 6pm and Thursday, September 7th from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. or while supplies last. Residents can pick them up at 200 Goolsby Boulevard.
The City of Sweetwater Public Works Department will be distributing sandbags for city residents only on Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 1701 NW 110 Avenue. You must have proof of residency. There is a limit of 6 bags per household.
In Hallandale Beach, sandbags will start being passed out at noon on Thursday. Residents can pick up sandbags at Public Works at 630 NW 2nd Street. Each family will only be allowed 6 bags. Business owners in the city can also pick up sandbags.