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Sandbags available in advance of potential flooding

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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.

RELATED: WAFB 2017 Hurricane Center

Below is a list of sandbag locations due to possible flooding (June 20, 2017).


  • 5th Ward VFD Hwy. 22, Darrow
  • 7th District VFD (Station 71), Roddy Rd.
  • DPW West, 725 Church St., Donaldsonville
  • Geismar VFD, Hwy. 73
  • Prairieville FD, Hwy. 73
  • Sorrento Town Hall, 8173 Main St. (bring your own shovels and manpower)
  • St. Amant VFD, Stringer Bridge Rd.


  • Bayou Tranquille Rd.
  • Belle River Ball Park
  • Bruly St. Martin at Hwy 996 and Hwy 1001 near church
  • Daggs Street at Dorseyville Park
  • Hwy. 70 at Bay Bridge
  • Hwy. 401 at Bayou Crab Rd.
  • Hwy. 1012 at Boat Launch


  • Baker
    • Baker Public Works Department, 1507 Mississippi St.
  • Baton Rouge
    • Station #7 - 5758 Claycut Rd.
    • Station #9 - 40205 Perkins Rd.
    • Station #13 - 835 Sharp Rd.
    • Station #14 - 4121 Harding Blvd.
    • Station #15 - 3150 Brightside Dr.
    • St. George Fire Headquarters, 14100 Airline Hwy. (bring your own shovel)
  • Central
    • Fire Station on Lovett Rd.
    • Fire Station on Monticello Blvd.
    • Fire Station, 11646 Sullivan Rd.
  • Zachary
    • Zachary Youth Park at 1650 Mt. Pleasant Rd. (Starting at 1 p.m. sandbags will be distributed - 3 per exterior door, per household)
  • EBR Parish's GIS (geographic information systems) department developed a mapping system for residents to easily find sandbag locations near them in the event of extreme weather such as this. This map includes locations throughout EBR Parish. More information, including shelters, will be added to this system as needs arise. Residents are encouraged to bookmark the link for immediate access on their computers and mobile devices. To date, the city-parish has delivered 20 truckloads of sand and over 20,000 sandbags to 12 sandbag locations across the parish.


  • Clinton
    • Parish Prison on Haynes St.
  • Jackson
    • Next to Fire Station on Charter St.
  • Slaughter
    • Fire Station across from Town Hall


  • Parish Barn 59705 Bayou Rd., Plaquemine
  • Bayou Sorrel Fire Station 33275 Hwy. 75, Bayou Sorrel
  • Bayou Pigeon Fire Station 38305 Hwy. 75, Bayou Pigeon
  • White Castle Town Hall 32535 Bowie St. and White Castle Fire Station 57660 Hwy. 404, White Castle
  • Bayou Goula Fire Station 56700 CPL Herman Brown Jr. St., Bayou Goula
  • Bayou Blue Fire Station 22535 Hwy. 386, Bayou Blue
  • Grosse Tete Town Hall 18125 Willow St., Grosse Tete
  • Rosedale Town Hall 76535 Rosedale Rd., Rosedale
  • Maringouin Town Hall 77510 Landry Dr., Maringouin
  • East Iberville Fire Station 2075 Hwy. 30, East Iberville


  • Bayou Blue Field Office, 104 Myrtle Pl., Houma
  • Galliano/Cut Off Field Office, 128 W 97th St., Cut Off
  • Lockport Field Office, 6236 Hwy. 308 P.O. Box 384, Lockport
  • Raceland Field Office, 129 Texas St., Raceland
  • Thibodaux
    • Choctaw Field Office, 122 Choctaw Barn Rd.
    • Thibodaux Field Office, 2565 Veterans Blvd.


  • Albany (Fire District #1)
    • 29778 Montpelier Ave.
  • Colyell (Fire District #7)
    • 19784 Hwy 42
    • 19354 Perrilloux Rd.
  • Denham Springs
    • Fire District No. 3 - 930 Government St. (inside city limits)
    • Fire District No. 5 - 8098 Florida Blvd. (outside city limits)
    • Fire District No. 4, Station 9 - 9100 Hillon Hood Rd.
  • French Settlement (Fire District #8)
    • 15160 Hwy 16
  • Holden (Fire District #10)
    • 30928 Hwy. 441
    • 36788 Weiss Rd.
  • Independence (Fire District #11)
    • 33815 Hwy. 43
    • 31470 Horseshoe Rd.
  • Livingston (Fire District #6)
    • 20550 Circle Dr.
  • Maurepas (Fire District #9)
    • 23634 Hwy. 22
    • 20368 Hwy. 2
  • Port Vincent
    • Port Vincent Civic Center - 18500 Hwy. 16
  • Springfield (Fire District #2)
    • 32280 Terry St.
    • 31447 Hwy. 22
    • Hwy. 1037 (Lizard Creek)
    • 25389 Hutchinson Rd.
  • Walker
    • Fire District No.4, Station 1 - 29758 Palmetto St.
    • Fire District No. 4, Station 2 - 35445 Walker North Rd.
    • Fire District No. 4, Station 7 - 25110 Walker South Rd.
    • Sidney Hutchinson Park, Field No. 5 - 13750 Ball Park Rd.
  • Watson
    • Fire District No. 4, Station 3 - 34893 Hwy. 101


  • Pointe Coupee Fire Protection District No. 5 Headquarters on Morganza Hwy., New Roads 


  • Ruth Bridge Barn, Ruth Bridge
  • South Barn off Capritto Forty Arpent Rd.


  • Amelia Under Hwy. 182 Bridge - bring shovel
  • Bayou Vista Barn - bring shovel
  • Four Corners Fire Station - bring shovel
  • Franklin - Public Works Complex at 1300 Iberia St.
  • Hanson Barn Outside Gate - already filled
  • Hwy. 182, Garden City
  • Hwy. 182, Bayou Vista near the water tower

TANGIPAHOA PARISH: (Parish offers 15 sandbags for residential structures and 30 for commercial/businesses)

  • Hammond
    • TPG Pleasant Ridge Public Works, 44512 W Pleasant Ridge Rd.
  • Roseland
    • TPG Roseland Public Works, 63101 Commercial St.


  • Addis fire station, LA 1
  • Erwinville Ball Park off Rougon Rd.
  • Landon Alexander Park near Elaine St. by water tower
  • Myhand Park, southeast corner off Laws Rd., Addis
  • Rivault Park near Pete Riviere Dr., Port Allen
  • Train Depot off LA 1, Port Allen


  • West Feliciana Parish Detention Center, 4834 Feliciana St., St. Francisville

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