Sandbags available for residents ahead of Hurricane Matthew


MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) — Several locations will be providing sandbags to help prepare for the potential impact of Hurricane Matthew.

Charleston County

City of Charleston – City officials say they have discontinued sandbag operations after distributing 15,000 sandbags.

Isle of Palms – The City is providing sandbag supplies at the Municipal Parking Lot located at Pavilion Drive, across from the Public Safety Building.

James Island – Sand and sandbags are now available at Dock Street Park at 1433 Patterson Avenue. The Town has ordered more sand and sand bags for Pinckney Park at 461 Fort Johnson Road.

Mount Pleasant – A limited number of sandbags will be available at the following locations:

• Corner of Royall Avenue and Ferry Street
• Snee Farm at the Hwy 17 entrance
• Snee Farm at the Whipple Road entrance
• Bowman Road at Stuart Engels
• Pearl Street at Ellen Drive
• Kincade Drive at Majorie Street
• Whole Foods

Delivery will begin around 9 a.m. on Wednesday but it will take some time to get them to each location.

North Charleston – Starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, October 7, a limit of 10 sandbags are available to North Charleston residents at the city’s Public Works Facility, 5800 Casper Padgett Way.

Berkeley County

Sand and bags available for all Berkeley County residents at the following locations:

  • Berkeley County Rescue Squad, 202 Factory Street, Moncks Corner, SC
  • Bonneau Fire Department, 420 Municipal Lane, Bonneau, SC
  • C & B Fire Department, 509 Royle Road, Ladson, SC
  • Caromi Fire Department, 554 College Park Road, Ladson, SC
  • City of Hanahan, Yeamans Hall and Robinson, Hanahan, SC
  • Cordesville Fire Department, 1931 Highway 402, Moncks Corner, SC
  • Cross Fire Department, 1007 Short Cut Road, Cross, SC
  • Forty-One Fire Department, 1192 Forty One Road, Bonneau, SC
  • Huger Rural Fire Department, 1004 United Drive, Huger, SC
  • Lake Moultrie Fire Department, 942 Black Oak Road, Bonneau, SC
  • Macedonia Fire Department, 2108 North Highway 17A, Bonneau, SC
  • Town of Moncks Corner Fire Department, 118 Carolina Avenue, Moncks Corner, SC
  • Whitesville Fire Department, 115 Sunview Avenue, Moncks Corner, SC

Dorchester County

Beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, October 7, Dorchester County will have a limited number of sandbags available for pickup at the following locations:

  • Ashley River Fire Station 8045 Dorchester Road, Charleston, SC 29418
  • Old Fort Fire Dept. 4214 Ladson Road, Ladson, SC 29456
  • Summerville Fire Training Center 1101 Yancey Street, Summerville, SC 29485
  • Dorchester Detention Center 212 Deming Way, Summerville, SC 29485

In order to make resources available to as many residents as possible, each household will be limited to ten (10) sandbags.

Sandbags will be available on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last or until 5 p.m.

Residents are responsible for the legal disposal of all sandbags. Disposal locations/information will be made available at a later date.

Georgetown County


  • Sandbags are available at 8 Oaks Park until 5 p.m. on Friday, or until they run out. Limit is 10 per household. Must have proof of county residency to receive.
  • The North and South Causeways to Pawleys Island will close at 5 p.m. today and remain closed throughout Saturday. Georgetown bridges will remain open.
  • Georgetown County will have a press conference at the JB Beck Center at 1 p.m. today.

How to use sandbags

When properly filled and placed, sandbags redirect storm and debris flow away from property improvements.

  • Fill sandbags half full.
  • Sand is suggested if readily available, but sand is not mandatory for this method of redirecting flows to be effective. Any type of soil may be used.
  • For a more durable bag with increased effective life, mix 10 parts of sand or soil with 1 part of cement. The materials can be mixed and placed dry. After all, bags are in place, a light sprinkling of water is recommended. This technique is only effective with burlap sandbags and will not work with plastic sandbags.
  • When placing sandbags, fold the top of the sandbag down and rest bag on its folded top. It is important to place bags with the folded top toward the upstream or uphill direction to prevent bags from opening when water runs by them.
  • Place each sandbag in layers, completing each layer prior to starting the next layer. Limit placement to two layers unless a building is used as a backing or sandbags are pyramided.
  • Keep in mind that sandbags will not seal out water.
  • Do not use straw or bales of hay in lieu of sandbags. They do not perform as well as sandbags and may be washed away.

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