What to do, and not do, with your sandbags


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Following relatively calm effects from Hurricane Florence, one city is out with guidelines on how to properly dispose of sandbags. 

Sandbags were used throughout the region to protect homes from potential floodwaters produced by Hurricane Florence. However, by Friday homeowners were out picking up the bags never used, as the storm packed much less of a punch then previously predicted. 

“Everything in the garage and all is up two feet high, so we were ready for it,” said Arne Hasselquist, a Hampton resident in the Grandview neighborhood. “But if we didn’t get ready for it something probably would have happened so it’s better to be prepared than not prepared.”

Hasselquist  is planning on saving his sandbags that lined in driveway to use in whatever storm heads his way next.

“This is the peak of the hurricane season,” Hasselquist said. “So I am going to keep it all inside and get ready to do it all over again.”

That is one of the method the City of Newport News encourages according to a chart they released.

If you have dry/unused sandbags:

  • DO: Reuse for flood prevention.
  • DO: Use in flower gardens 
  • DO: throw away empty bags in a trash can
  • DO NOT: use in sandboxes
  • DO NOT: dispose on school yards
  • DO NOT: dispose on beaches

If you have a used sandbag (it has come into contact with floodwaters):

  • DO NOT: dispose in trash cans
  • DO: drop bags off at either Recovery Operation Center (550 Atkinon Way), Public Works Operations (511 Oyster Point Rd) or Public Works Site Disposal (48th St. and Roanoke Ave) after September 17th. 

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