ESPN SWFL Hurricane Central

ESPN SWFL Hurricane Central

ESPN SWFL Hurricane Central

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 26: Alex Rico and other people fill sandbags at Helen Howarth Park as they prepare for the possible arrival of Hurricane Ian on September 26, 2022 in St Petersburg, Florida. Ian is projected to make it's closest pass to the Tampa Bay area on Wednesday with the current track putting the center 25 miles west of the coastline as it parallels the coast. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

As Hurricane Ian has strengthened into a major hurricane and a hurricane warning is now in effect for SWFL, you may be looking for sandbags to help prevent flooding at your home and here’s a list on where to find them in SWFL.

Officials have announced evacuation orders and shelter openings for Lee County as Hurricane Ian approaches.

While these orders are mandatory, officials will not be going house to house, door to door and forcing you to leave. However, if you stay and something happens in the middle of the storm, you will have to wait to receive help. Wait until it is safe for officials to reach you.

Mandatory evacuations for Lee County are for Zone A and Zone B. This zone encompasses mostly low lying areas. Also those along coastal areas and the barrier islands. In addition sections along the Caloosahatchee River. Evacuation orders are also in place for parts of  Zone B which encompasses areas in Cape Coral.

Don’t know your zone? Click here.

It is recommended if you live in a mobile home or a manufactured home that you evacuate. County leaders say once those hurricane winds get up to about 45 miles an hour, those homes are not a safe place to be.

Do not put out your garbage.

If you need help, a special hotline is now open for you to call. It is 211. DO NOT call 911 for storm info. These evacuation orders and shelter openings for Lee County were announced at 7am. No time stamp was announced for completing evacuations.

There are 10 shelters opening at 9am for Lee County residents.

Sandbags SWFL Hurricane Ian  SOURCE: NBC2

Here’s the latest (11:30 am Tuesday) update on storm surge from NBC2:


    The Fort Myers Beach Fire District (FMBFD)- sand and bags are available behind Fort Myers Beach Town Hall

  • SCPFD Station 51- Sand is located on the west side of the station, next to the railroad tracks at 8013 Sanibel Blvd

  • Lehigh Acres– 3102 16th Street SW behind the fire station

  • Bonita Springs– 27701 Bonita Grande Drive- Station 24

  • Estero– 21500 Three Oaks Parkway- next to the fire station

  • North Fort Myers– 1280 Barrett Road- Station 2

  • Bayshore– 17350 Nalle Road (behind the fire station)

  • Alva– 2660 Styles Road

  • Pine Island/Matlacha– 5700 Pine Island Road, Bokeelia


    Pre-made sandbags are available at North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Road

  • Donna Fiala Eagle Lakes Community Park- 11565 Tamiami Trail E.

  • Max A Hasse, Jr. Community Park- 3390 Golden Gate Boulevard West


    The City of Punta Gorda– Hounds on Henry – West Henry Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

  • The City of North Port– Larry Thoennissen Athletic Fields (behind the George Mullen Activity Center) – 1602 Kramer Way


    South LaBelle- 100 Rodeo Drive/State Road 29 South (LaBelle Rodeo Grounds)

  • North LaBelle– 497 County Road 78 (Bob Mason Park)

  • Felda– 1100 County Road 830 (Felda Fire Department)

  • Montura– 465 Avenida Del Sur (Montura Fire Department)

  • Pioneer– 2499 Henry Isles Blvd (Pioneer Fire Department)

  • Clewiston– 1100 Olympia Street (Health Department)

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