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Sandbags available in advance of potential flooding

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Below is a list of sandbag locations due to possible flooding (Aug. 28, 2017).


Loose sand and empty sandbags are being prepared for distribution at all fire stations and at the curve Hwy. 431 at Lake Martin. Please bring shovels and manpower to fill bags at these locations. 

  • 7th District Volunteer Fire Department on Roddy Rd. 
  • St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department on Stringer Bridge Rd. 
  • Geismar Volunteer Fire Department on Hwy. 73
  • 5th Ward Volunteer Fire Department on Hwy. 22
  • Prairievville Fire Department on Hwy. 73
  • Church Street in Donaldsonville near LaLa Baseball Field


  • Dead end of Kaytain Crossing
  • End of Oak St. on Robert St. near Lions Club
  • Raymond Tullier Rd.
  • Sorrento Town Hall


    • City of Baker residents ONLY. Sand and sandbags are located at 3325 Groom Rd. and Public Works at 1507 Mississippi St. (during business hours only). Please have valid photo ID ready.
  • BATON ROUGE (Residents should bring their own shovels to fill sandbags; real-time info on locations)
    • BREC Alsen Park – 601 Old Rafe Meyer Rd.
    • BREC Doyles Bayou Park – 7801 Port Hudson-Pride Rd.
    • BREC Flannery Road Park – 801 South Flannery Rd.
    • BREC Hartley-Vey at Gardere Park – 1702 Gardere Ln.
    • BREC Memorial Stadium – 1702 Foss St.
    • BREC Lovett Road Park – 13443 Lovett Rd.
    • Chaneyville Volunteer Fire Department - Station 40 - 22790 Reames Rd.
    • St. George Fire Department Headquarters - 14100 Airline Hwy.
    • Fire Department on corner of Hooper and Sullivan Rd. 


  • East Feliciana Parish Prison - Haynes St. in Clinton (Sandbags available beginning Saturday, August 26 at 8 a.m.)


  • Bayou Goula playground on Cpl. Herman Brown, Jr. St.
  • Bayou Pigeon Fire Station @ 38305 Hwy. 75
  • Bayou Sorrel Fire Station - 33275 Hwy. 75
  • East Iberville Fire Station - 2075 Hwy. 30
  • Grosse Tete Town Hall - 18125 Willow St.
  • Iberville Parish Barn - 59705 Bayou Rd., Plaquemine
  • Maringouin Town Hall - 77510 Landry Dr.
  • Rosedale across from Town Hall 76535 Rosedale Rd.
  • Seymourville Subdivision (Ware Dr. and Harris St.)
  • White Castle Fire Station - 57660 Hwy. 404
  • White Castle Town Hall - 32535 Bowie St.


    • District 1 - 29778 S. Montpelier Ave.
    • District 3 - 930 Government Dr.
    • Station 3 - 34893 Hwy. 1019
    • Station 7 - 25110 Walker South Rd.
    • District 5 - 8098 Florida Blvd.
    • District 8 - 15160 LA-16
    • District 6 - 20550 Circle Dr.
    • District 7 - Colyell, 19784 Hwy. 42
    • District 9
      • Station 1 - 23634 Hwy. 22
      • Station 2 - 20368 Hwy. 22 (Head of Island)
    • District 2 - 32280 Terry St.
    • District 4
      • Station 1 - 29758 S. Palmetto St.
      • Station 2 - 35455 Walker North Rd.
      • Station 6 - 13215 Arnold Rd.


  • 987 Robert E. Lee Blvd. - Lakeshore/Lake Vista
  • 2000 Martin Luther King Blvd. - Central City
  • 4115 Woodland Drive - Old Aurora
  • 2118 Elysian Fields -Seventh Ward
  • 5403 Reed Boulevard – New Orleans East


  • City Of Breaux Bridge - Old DOTD site located at the corner of Refinery and Berard St.
  • Ruth Bridge Barn - Ruth Bridge 
  • South Barn - Off of Capritto Forty Arpent Rd.
  • St. Martin Parish Public Safety Complex - 4870 Main Hwy. (corner of Main Hwy. and Cypress Island Extension)

Please bring a shovel and be prepared to fill your own sandbags. 


  • Public Works Complex at 1300 Iberia St. Residents will have to fill their own bags, so please bring a shovel.

TANGIPAHOA PARISH (Sandbags are available at these locations until 7 p.m.):

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


    • Adult Softball Complex on Airbase
    • Bayou Black Fire Station
    • Bobtown Volunteer Fire Station
    • Cannata’s West
    • Devon Keller Memorial Center
    • Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center
    • Knights of Columbus Hall in Pointe-aux-Chenes
    • Mechanicville Gym
    • Montegut Fire Station
    • Public Works Yard near Shannon Hardware - 1860 Grand Caillou
    • St. Ann Church in Bourg
    • Upper Dularge Fire Station
    • Ward 7 in Chauvin
    • West Terrebonne East Fire Station
    • West Terrebonne Central Fire Station


  • Addis Fire Station on LA 1 
  • Alexander Park near Elaine St. by the Water Tower 
  • Erwinville Ball Park off Rougon Rd.
  • Myhand Park in Addis Southeast corner off Laws Rd.
  • Rivault Park in Port Allen near Pete Riviere Dr.
  • William and Lee Park on Louisiana Ave.


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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