Hurricane Irma: Where to get sandbags

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

Charleston County

City of Charleston – The City of Charleston has a limited number of free sandbags available to assist residents who anticipate localized flooding. Distribution will begin Thursday, September 7, at 8 a.m. A limit of 10 sandbags per household. The sandbags may be picked up from the following locations:

  • City of Charleston Bees Ferry Fire Station at 1985 Bees Ferry Road.
  • Milford Street Public Works Operations Complex at 2150 Milford Street. Enter the first gate on the right and proceed to the rear of the complex.

Folly Beach – Sand for sandbags is scheduled to be available at the Folly Beach boat landing Thursday, September 6 after 5 p.m. Bags can be picked up from Public Safety at 106 W Cooper Street. Must fill your own bags. Do not remove any sand from the beach.

Isle of Palms – The City is providing sandbag supplies at the Public Safety Building  – 30 JC Long Blvd. Must fill your own bags.

James Island – Sand and bags will be available for residents to fill at two locations starting at 8 a.m. Thursday, September 7 from dawn to dust. Bags are limited to 10 per household. Shovels are limited residents are asked to bring their own if available.

  • Dock Street Park – 1433 Patterson Avenue
  • James Island Youth Soccer Club Fields – 871 Fort Johnson Road.

Mount Pleasant – Town of Mount Pleasant will deliver 1,400 sandbags to the following locations on Friday, September 8 at 12 p.m., noon. Sandbags will be available on a first come/first serve basis. The sandbags are free of charge.

  • Corner of Royall and Ferry Streets (200 sandbags)
  • Snee Farm Hwy 17 Entrance (200 sandbags)
  • Snee Farm Whipple Road Entrance (200 sandbags)
  • Kudzu Bakery (794 Coleman Blvd., near Starbucks) (200 sandbags)
  • Pearl Street at Ellen Drive (200 sandbags)
  • Kincade Drive at Majorie St (200 sandbags)
  • Whole Foods (Shopping Center) Houston Northcutt (200 sandbags)
  • Public Services Facility at 6 Mile  – 1355 Sweetgrass Basket Way. (Available on Friday, September 8 starting at 8 a.m.)

North Charleston  Limit 8 bags per vehicle

  • Public Services Facility  – 5800 Casper Padgett Way.

Berkeley County

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

  • C & B Fire Department, 509 Royle Road
  • Cainhoy Fire Department -2451 Clements Ferry Road
  • Cross Fire Department, 1007 Short Cut Road, Cross, SC
  • Lake Moultrie Fire Department, 942 Black Oak Road
  • Macedonia Fire Department- Highway 17a and Harristown Road
  • Moncks Corner Rural Fire Department, 1020 Oakley Road
  • Pimlico Fire Department on Old Highway 52
  • Town of Moncks Corner Fire Department, 118 Carolina Avenue
  • Whitesville Fire Department, 115 Sunview Avenue


  • City Hall Gymnasium on Yeamans Hall Road. A valid ID must be presented showing residency. Bags are limited to up to 10 per household outside of a flood zone and up to 20 per household inside a flood zone.
    • Thursday, September 7 – 4- 8 p.m.
    • Friday, September 8 – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Saturday, September 9 – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Dorchester County

Sand and bags will be available for people in the county at the following locations. Must fill yourself, but all supplies provided. 

  • Pine Ridge Fire Department –  565 Myers Rd, 1046 Jedburg Rd
  • Pine Ridge Fire Department – 1046 Jedburg Rd

Colleton County

Sand and bags will be available for people in the county at the following locations. Must fill yourself, but all supplies provided. 

  • Colleton County Emergency Preparedness –  108 Simmons Street

Georgetown County

Sand and bags will be available for people in the county at the following locations beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, September 8.

  • North Santee Park, 1484 Mt. Zion Ave., Georgetown
  • Andrews Regional Recreation Center, 209 S. Maple St., Andrews

Three more locations will be added by Saturday morning, and distribution will last through Sunday, or until supplies run out.

  • Dunbar Park, 1960 Dunbar Road, Georgetown
  • Pleasant Hill Park, 127 School House Drive, Hemingway
  • Wachesaw Park, 3950 Old Kings Hwy., Murrells Inlet

Daily hours are 7 a.m. — 7 p.m. Sandbags are unfilled, but the county will offer a supply of sand and tools. Sandbags will be distributed on a first-come basis and limited to 10 per household.

Williamsburg County

Sand and bags will be available for people in the county at the following location:

  • Williamsburg County Public Works Building at 236 County Camp Road, Kingstree
    • Available starting at 1 p.m. while supplies last
    • People will need to bag their own sand
    • There is no cost, but there is a 10 bag limit per household
    • To make the line go easier, you are asked to bring your dash pass

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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