Sandbags Available for St. Mary’s County Residents as Part of Storm Preparations

September 30, 2015

sandbagThe St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works & Transportation advises residents of the following:

As a part of the readiness and pre-emergency phase, the County is making sandbags available for use by residents. This is a self-serve process and staff will be on-site to monitor, but will have limited availability to assist in the filling or loading of sandbags.

Sandbags are not pre-filled and each individual will be limited to between 10-25 sandbags
while supplies last.

Sand, bags, and shovels will be available at all six (6) convenience centers for County residents wishing to obtain sandbags in preparation for the effects of Hurricane Joaquin.

The convenience centers are located at:

  • Charlotte Hall – 37766 New Market Turner Road
  • Oakville – 26630 North Sandgates Road
  • Clement’s – 24547 Horseshoe Road
  • St. Andrews – 44595 St. Andrews Church Road
  • Valley Lee – 45350 Happyland Road
  • Ridge – 13939 Point Lookout Road

The convenience centers will operate under extended hours for this effort as follows:

  • Thursday, October 1, 2015: from noon to 6:30 pm
  • Friday, October 2, 2015: from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, October 3, 2015: return to normal hours from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Approximately 1,000 sandbags and 20 tons of sand will initially be available at each site.

Additional bags are scheduled for delivery Thursday afternoon.

Sandbags provide limited protection, but are intended to redirect small storm water and debris flows away from structures. It is suggested that residents lay a plastic sheet between the building and the bags to control the flow and prevent water from seeping into the door or window wells. Generally the placement of bags is stacked up to three layers with each bag being tamped into place. If sand is not available, residents are advised to use local soil. When sandbags are not available, other containers (i.e. small plastic grocery bags and pillow cases) can be utilized. Once used, homeowners should empty the material in the bags into their yards and then properly discard the bags.

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