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Hurricane Irma: Sandbag distribution information

by: Brittney Donovan, Action News Jax Updated:

Several local counties are beginning sandbag distribution in preparation for Hurricane Irma's landfall.

St. Johns County

Officials began distributing free sandbags beginning at noon Wednesday.

They are being distributed at six locations throughout the county.

The City of St. Augustine will begin providing sandbags Thursday at Francis Field.

They will be available beginning at 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. There is a limit of 20 bags per person and people must provide their own transportation and shovels.

For more information call 904-825-1010.

Duval County

The City of Atlantic Beach and a local business are offering free sand and sandbags in preparation for Hurricane Irma.

City officials said a limited quantity of sand is available for Atlantic Beach residents at the Jack Russell Park skate park. The limit is 10 bags and residents must bring their own shovels, officials said.

Jennifer Holdeman, owner of Jax Dirtworks Inc., said her business also has sand for sandbags.

The sand is located in the cul de sac on Mealy Street.

Holdeman plans to keep the sand stocked until Saturday evening.

No other plans for sandbag distribution in Duval have been released.

There are sandbags being filled Saturday afternoon at the corner of SouthSide and Baymeadows. 

Clay County

UPDATE: As of Friday morning, Orange Park P.D. said they are out of sand and sandbags. 

Officials will begin distributing sandbags Thursday at five locations.

  • Middleburg Fire Station- 4003 Everett Ave. 
  • Fleming Island Fire Station- 5995 Pine Ave.
  • Orange Park Fire Station- 2025 Smith St. 
  • Green Cove Springs Public Works Yard- 900 Gum St
  • Keystone Heights City Hall- 555 South Lawrence Blvd

County officials said shelter locations will be announced Thursday.

Bradford County

Officials began distributing sandbags at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The bags will be available daily at four locations. 

  • Weldon Street and Grand Ave. 24/7 Until supplies last *this operation will have prefilled bags and assistance loading into your vehicle.
  • Heilbron Springs Volunteer Fire Department 21412 NW SR 16, Starke STARTING WEDNESDAY, SEPT 6 UNTIL SUPPLIES LAST HOURS OF OPERATION: 24/7 * * This station is self-service.  Shovels will be available to bag your own.
  • Sampson City Volunteer Fire Department 13641 SW CR 227, Starke STARTING WEDNESDAY, SEPT 6 UNTIL SUPPLIES LAST HOURS OF OPERATION: 24/7 * * This station is self-service.  Shovels will be available to bag your own.
  • City of Starke Purchasing Yard 601 N Orange Street, Starke STARTING THURSDAY, SEPT 7 UNTIL SUPPLIES LAST HOURS OF OPERATION: DAILY 8:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Lawtey City Hall  2793 Lake Street, Lawtey STARTING WEDNESDAY, SEPT 6 UNTIL SUPPLIES LAST HOURS OF OPERATION:  DAILY NOON – 5:00 PM
  • Edwards Road Ballfield, 930 Edwards Road, Starke HOURS OF OPERATION: 24/7 * Until Supplies Last * This station is self-service. Shovels will be available to bag your own.

There is a 20 bag limit per vehicle.

Action News Jax is working to learn more about sandbag distribution in other counties. 

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