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What to do With Unused Sandbags; City Does Not Pick Them Up

Post Date:09/21/2017 3:36 PM
City staff filled and distributed approximately 18,500 sandbags in the three days leading up to Hurricane Irma. Now that the storm is safely away from our community, residents have been calling the City of Melbourne asking what to do with their unused sandbags.
  • Residents may store their unused sandbags in a dry area out of the sun (like a garage) for use in a future storm this hurricane season, which ends November 30.
  • If they want to get rid of their sandbags now, they can cut off the top and spread the sand in their yards and then throw the empty bag away in the regular trash.
  • The City of Melbourne does not retrieve sandbags. Do not leave them at the curb for pick up.

More than 50 city employees worked together to fill, transport and load bags into residents’ cars between Sept. 6 and Sept. 9.

The Melbourne Greyhound Park generously donated the use of its parking lot for sandbag staging and deployment this year and also last year in advance of Hurricane Matthew. The sandbags were filled at the City’s Public Works complex, but distributed to residents at Melbourne Greyhound Park because it is much easier and faster for cars to pull in and out of the park than for them to get in and out of the city’s facility.

 

Sandbags filled in advance of Hurricane Irma, September 2017


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