ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- As Michael moves across the Gulf of Mexico toward the Florida Panhandle, multiple Bay Area municipalities are making sandbags available in case of rains and/or flooding. 

We will be adding to this list as we find out more.

Sandbags will be available at the following locations:

Citrus County

Two Citrus County sandbagging sites are open from 9:00am to 7:00pm, Monday, October 8, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, October 9. Additional days and time to be announced.

The locations are as follows:


4508 S. Grandmarch Ave. Homosassa

(Near Grover Cleveland Blvd.)


          7490 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy. Crystal River

          (Near Dan’s Clam Stand – on opposite side of road)

***There is a limit of 25 bags per vehicle***

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Road maintenance Office at 527-7610.

Updates and information will also be made on Facebook and Twitter throughout the event duration.

Hernando County

Self-serve sandbag distribution sites (Bring your own shovels):

  • Anderson Snow Park
    1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill
    MONDAY: Until 6 p.m.
    TUESDAY: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Linda Pederson Park
    6300 Shoal Line Blvd., near Hernando Beach
    MONDAY: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    TUESDAY: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Manatee County

Sandbags available to city residents Tuesday at Public Works Annex

Local impact of storm appears to be minimal, but sandbags will be distributed as a precaution

While the brunt of Hurricane Michael appears to be headed toward Florida’s panhandle and Big Bend areas, Bradenton is likely to encounter gusty wind conditions and approximately 2-4 inches of rain in the next two days.

As a precaution, city officials will be distributing sandbags Tuesday to City of Bradenton residents. Sandbags will be available to city residents at the Public Works Annex on Tuesday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Residents are instructed to use 13th Ave. W to enter into the area behind the Annex, which is located at 1411 9th St. W.

Sandbag distribution will be limited to 10 bags per car, and a valid ID to demonstrate city residency will be required.

Pasco County

Self-serve sandbag sites are now opening in the county and will be available 24 hours a day until further notice. Sandbags will be available, but residents will need to bring their own shovels. Inmate assistance may be available during the day:

  • Fire Station #17
    2951 Seven Springs Blvd., New Port Richey
  • Veterans Memorial Park
    14333 Hicks Rd., Hudson
  • Magnolia Valley Golf Course Clubhouse
    7223 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey
  • C-Barn
    30908 Warder Rd., San Antonio

New Port Richey

Due to potential heavy rains over the next few days, the City of New Port Richey will open sand bag operations October 8 from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. This service is for City residents only. 

The sand bags will be available at the Public Works Operations Center at 6132 Pine Hill Road and sand is available at 6420 Pine Hill Road. Only 10 sandbags will be allowed per household. 

Residents must show proof of City residency and bring their own shovel, as this is a self service station. 

Pinellas County

The City of Tarpon Springs will be supplying and manning sand bag stations at Dodecanese Boulevard and Live Oak Street until 8 pm Tuesday evening.  The sand bag station at Dorsett Park will be partially manned until 8 pm.  Materials are provided however, sand bags are self-service.  There will be a maximum of 10 bags per person.

Sand bag stations are located at:

  • Tarpon Springs Splash Park Parking Lot – Live Oak Street at Safford Avenue
  • Dodecanese Boulevard at Roosevelt
  • Dorsett Park – E. Harrison Street at S. Levis Avenue

Tides are expected to be higher than normal for the next couple of days beginning with the high tide today at 1:30 pm.  Much higher than normal tides are expected at 1:30 am Wednesday morning and 2:30 pm Wednesday afternoon.  Motorists are asked to refrain from driving in flooded areas and exercise caution on the roadways especially in flood prone areas.