New Smyrna Beach crews get sandbags ready for Tropical Storm Ericka

Flooding on Ne myrna Beach beachside in 2009 / Headline surferHeadline Surfer® photo by Serafina King-Frederick /
This home on Atlantic Avenue on the beachide of Ne myrna was typical of beachside flooding from a 2009 summer storm.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- City residents may pick up sandbags at the New Smyrna Beach Public Works Department, 124 Industrial Park Avenue. Sand and bags are provided. However, residents must bring shovels and fill their own bags.

· There is a limit of 20 sandbags per household. · Sandbags are free for New Smyrna Beach residents. Valid identification is required.

· For more information on sandbags, citizens may call (386) 424-2209.

Today: · City staff are monitoring the storm’s progress and the potential effects on New Smyrna Beach. · Maintenance Operations crews are checking and fueling equipment including pumps and chain saws. They also are clearing debris from storm drains. City employees are on call this weekend.

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