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LIST: Sandbag locations now open across South Mississippi

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The sandbag location at the Lorraine Rd. Work Center in Gulfport was busy Tuesday morning. (Photo source: WLOX) The sandbag location at the Lorraine Rd. Work Center in Gulfport was busy Tuesday morning. (Photo source: WLOX)

Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson Counties have all opened sandbag stations to help people prepare for this week's rain. The WLOX First Alert Weather team is predicting 4 to 8 inches of rain across South Mississippi by Thursday thanks to a tropical system developing in the Gulf, with some isolated areas predicted to get as much as 10 inches of rain.

People living in low-lying areas are encouraged to bring a shovel and fill up their own sandbags at one of these locations to help protect their homes from potential floodwaters.

Hancock County locations: (Open at Noon Tuesday)

  • Hancock County Horse Arena - Kiln / Delisle Rd.
  • Old Hancock County Complex - Longfellow Dr.
  • Lakeshore Community Center - Lower Bay Rd.
  • Bayside Fire Department - West Hinds St.
  • Diamondhead City Hall / Police Department
  • West Hancock Fire Department - Washington St.

Harrison County locations:

  • Lorraine Rd. Work Center - Hwy. 605 in Gulfport
  • Woolmarket Work Center - Hwy. 67
  • D'Iberville Work Center - 1st Ave./Rodriguez St.
  • North Gulfport Work Center
  • Lyman Work Center - County Farm Rd. in Gulfport
  • Long Beach Work Center - Seal Ave.
  • Long Beach Harbor parking lot
  • Courthouse Rd. parking lot at Ken Combs Pier

City of Gulfport locations:

  • Gulfport Public Works Center - Hewes Ave.
  • Orange Grove Community Center - Dedeaux Rd.
  • Fire Station #2 - 42nd Ave.

City of Biloxi locations:

  • Cavalier Park - Lawrence St.
  • Biloxi Soccer Fields/Dog Park - Popp's Ferry Rd.
  • Fire Station #8 - Woolmarket Rd.

City of Long Beach locations:

  • Girls Softball Field - Klondyke Rd.
  • City Barn behind Police Station - Kohler St.
    (pre-made; limit 10 bags per household)

Jackson County locations: (Open at Noon Tuesday)

  • West Division Roads Department - Hwy 609 in St. Martin
  • East Division Roads Department - Hwy 63 in Moss Point
  • Central Division Roads Department - Jim Ramsey Rd in Vancleave
  • St. Andrews Fire Department - Elm St.
  • Escatawpa Volunteer Fire Department - Sentinel Dr. in Moss Point
  • Old Americus Rd. Fire Department - in Lucedale
  • Gautier City Hall
  • Moss Point Central Fire Station - Bellview Ave.
  • Ocean Springs Public Works - Pine Dr.
  • Pascagoula Recycling Center - 14th St.
  • Forts Lake Fire Department - 10701 Forts Lake Road in Moss Point

"I feel prepared and ready," said Gulfport resident Bryan Hilliard, who was busy filling sandbags Tuesday morning.

He said the house he's called home his entire life has taken on water before, so he's protecting it ahead of Tropical Storm Cindy.

"We'll put the sandbags in front of the doors and on the sides. That's basically where the water's going to come in."

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.

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

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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