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Sandbags available in advance of potential flooding

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Sandbags are available to residents in the following locations. We will add more locations to this story as we receive them.

Ascension Parish

  • 7th District Fire Department - Roddy Road
  • St. Amant Fire Department Station 60 - Stringer Bridge Road
  • Geismar Fire Department - 12171 Hwy. 73
  • 5th Ward Fire Department - Highway 22
  • Prairieville Fire Department - 14517 Hwy. 73
  • Donaldsonville: Ascension Parish Warehouse - Church Street

East Baton Rouge Parish

  • BREC Airline Highway Fairgrounds - 16072 Airline Hwy.
  • BREC Doyles Bayou Park - 7801 Port Hudson-Pride Rd.
  • BREC Memorial Stadium - 1702 Foss St.
  • BREC Lovett Road Park - 13443 Lovett Rd.

Livingston Parish

  • Walker: Fire District #4 Station 1 - 29758 S Palmetto St.
  • Denham Springs: Fire District #4 Station 3 - 34893 Hwy. 1019
  • Walker: Fire District #4 Station 6 - 13215 Arnold Rd.
  • Denham Springs: Fire District #4 Station 9 - 9100 Hillon Hood

Tangipahoa Parish

Sandbag distribution will be available from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Hammond: TPG Pleasant Ridge Public Works - 44512 W Pleasant Ridge Rd.
  • Roseland: TPG Roseland Public Works - 63101 Commercial St.
  • *NOTE: 15 sandbags per residential structure, 30 per commercial business

HOW TO USE YOUR SANDBAGS: 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recommends building a dike three times as wide at the base as it will be tall.

Filling sandbags usually is a two-person job. One person holds the bag on the ground slightly in front of his or her spread feet and the second shovels the sand into the bag. The bag holder should use gloves to protect his or her hands. Using safety goggles also might be a good idea, especially during dry and windy days.

Here’s how to build a dike:

  • Place the first layer of bags lengthwise (parallel to the water flow), overlapping the bags so the filled  portion of one bag lies on the unfilled portion of the next, with the untied open end facing downstream.
  • Offset adjacent rows or layers by one-half bag length to eliminate continuous joints (it’s similar to laying bricks).
  • Compact and shape each bag by walking on it. Continue to walk on the bags as you place succeeding layers to eliminate voids and form a tight seal. Five feet of water can exert about 310 pounds of pressure per square foot at the base of a dike.
  • Seal the completed dike with a sheet of plastic to improve water tightness. Spread a layer of soil or sand 1 inch deep and about 1 foot wide along the bottom of the dike on the water side. Lay polyethylene plastic sheeting over the loose soil or sand so the bottom extends 1 foot beyond the bottom edge of the dike. Place a row of sandbags on the bottom edge of the plastic to form a watertight seal along the water side. The upper edge of the plastic should extend over the top of the dike. Use sandbags to hold down the top edge of the plastic.

Lay the plastic sheeting very loosely. The water pressure will make the plastic conform easily to the sandbag surface. If the plastic is stretched too tightly, the water could puncture it. Also, avoid puncturing the plastic with sharp objects or by walking on it.

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