Pasco County offers sandbags ahead of possible Elsa threat

With Hurricane Elsa a possible threat to Florida next week, Pasco County is joining Hernando County in offering self-service sandbags to residents.

As of Friday afternoon, Elsa was a Category 1 hurricane entering the eastern Caribbean, but is forecast to downgrade to a tropical storm after interacting with Haiti and Cuba. The long-term forecast is not clear, but nearly all of Florida was in the NHC's forecast cone.

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With that forecast in mind, Pasco County is making sandbags available at the following locations until further notice:

  • W.H. Jack Mitchell, Jr., Park: 4825 Little Road, New Port Richey
  • Veterans Memorial Park: 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson
  • Magnolia Valley Golf Course: 7223 Massachusetts Avenue, New Port Richey
  • Pasco County Public Works (C-Barn): 30908 Warder Road, San Antonio

The sandbag sites are self-serve and open 24/7 to Pasco County residents. Sandbags are provided, but you must bring your own shovels to fill the bags. Crews will restock sand piles between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Pasco County Government has a series of Disaster Preparedness videos, including a tutorial on how to properly fill sandbags. You can watch them at