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Posted on: September 6, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Sandbags Available to Residents in Preparation for Hurricane Irma

The City of Charleston has a limited number of free sandbags available to assist residents who anticipate localized flooding. Distribution will begin tomorrow, September 7th, at 8 a.m. The sandbags may be picked up from the following locations:

  • City of Charleston Bees Ferry Fire Station at 1985 Bees Ferry Road.
  • Milford Street Public Works Operations Complex at 2150 Milford Street. Enter the first gate on the right and proceed to the rear of the complex.

Additional sand and bags will be available for citizens to build their own sandbags at two James Island locations in cooperation with the Town of James Island. Residents should bring their own shovels to assemble sandbags at these locations:

  • Dock Street Park, 1433 Patterson Avenue. Open dawn to dusk.
  • James Island Youth Soccer Fields, 871 Fort Johnson Rd. Open dawn to dusk.

A limit of 10 sandbags per household will apply to all residents visiting these locations. To purchase sandbags, citizens should contact a local home hardware store.

Residents are encouraged to review the city’s Hurricane Information webpage and the available resources in preparation, which will be updated as new information becomes available. The webpage can be accessed at

For the most accurate and up-to-date weather forecasts, residents should stay tuned to the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service Charleston websites, as well as local media and the FEMA app.

A citizen information line is now live at 843-973-7219 and will be staffed beginning tomorrow to answer residents’ questions regarding the hurricane. Additional hurricane preparedness information can be found at and in the downloadable Hurricane Preparedness Guide.

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