City of Tallahassee, Leon County open sandbag locations

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The City of Tallahassee and Leon County are getting ahead of possible severe weather this week.

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The City of Tallahassee said it is monitoring the situation in real-time, working with community partners, and getting ahead of the weather by cleaning up storm drains.

"It's important for us to communicate in real time with the public; we will do that in a fashion that you've never seen before," said Mayor John Dailey. "We will stay abreast of all the information, and we will make sure the citizens are abreast of all information, and we are preparing internally for whatever may come."

Leon County also has four sandbag locations, using a new tool, suggested in the Hurricane Michael after-action report.

The county has introduced funnels, making the filling of sandbags easier.

"We've invested in sandbag chutes to actually help the citizens filling the sandbags to be able to place the tube inside the bag. It makes the process a lot easier, and they can fill the bags a lot faster," explained Kevin Peters, the Emergency Management Director for the County.

Those funnels also help residents fill sandbags to the appropriate volume.

Tallahassee homeowner Nicole McComas and her husband jumped into getting ready for the storm, filling multiple sandbags at one Tallahassee location.

They learned from Hurricane Michael the importance of being prepared.

"We have a back porch that floods really bad, it's like a screened in metal thing," said McComas. "With all the rain that's been going on, it's been freaking our dogs out, it's been flooding the porch. And if it gets any worse then it might come up to our door. Last year it came up to our door and it was kind of spooky."

McComas and her husband tried to use inflatable bags ordered online last year; they believe these sandbags will work better.
Leon County 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

The county says locations will open beginning at 2 p.m.

City of Tallahassee locations
James Messer Park South (2830 Jackson Bluff Road)
Winthrop Park (1601 Mitchell Avenue)

The City says each location above will be open at 10:30 a.m.

Lawrence-Gregory Community Center (1115 Dade Street)
Jack McLean Community Center (700 Paul Russell Road)

The City says these locations will be open by 1 p.m.

Officials say citizens will need to bring their own shovels and be prepared to fill bags themselves. The City says there is a 25 bag limit per household and the stations will be open until the inclement weather has passed and it is determined there's no longer a need.