UPDATE: Press Release on Sand & Sandbags from City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County and the University of Virginia 

Sand & Sandbags

Over 80 tons of sand have been distributed as part of the Albemarle County and City of Charlottesville sandbag distribution at Darden Towe Park. Thank you to all of the volunteers who have mobilized to assist residents with shoveling sand and loading bags into cars - especially our Local Scouts, with troops out last night and back again first-thing this morning.

If you are still in need of sandbags, please come to Darden Towe Park by 7 pm tonight (Saturday, September 15). Due to demand, it is expected that supplies will be exhausted today.

Sand and sandbags will only be provided to residents of Albemarle County and Charlottesville (please, no business use).

A limit of 10 filled sandbags per vehicle.

Wheelbarrows are available to assist with loading filled sandbags into vehicles.

In addition, sandbags (without sand) are also available for purchase from Martin Hardware Co. and Southern States. Allied Concrete has sand and pre-filled sandbags for purchase.

Local Drainage Infrastructure Map

County and City staff have collaborated to produce an online map of features that may be useful in responding to localized flooding. Map data including inlets, manholes, pipes, channels, stormwater management facilities, and floodplains. For questions about this map, please contact: Greg Harper (gharper@albemarle.org).


Please take a few moments to review information below and create a plan to prepare for the storm.

Create an emergency kit so you are able to shelter-in-place safely and comfortably. Please remember your four-legged friends!

Property owners and property managers can reduce the possibility of flooding by keeping all conveyances clear of debris and other obstructions. Remove debris from stormwater grates, inlets, the upstream ends of open pipes and culverts, and the outfall structures of detention basins and ponds. Remove fallen tree limbs and other debris from channels upstream of pipes so this material doesn’t wash downstream and clog the pipes.

For the latest weather information, visit: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Florence

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va.-- People in central Virginia are getting ready for the possibility Hurricane Florence will bring a lot of rain to the region.

Anyone who lives in Charlottesville or Albemarle County can take up to 10 sandbags, free of charge, but it is a do-it-yourself project. Sand and bags are provided, but people are encouraged to bring their own shovel.

Folks with Albemarle County Department of Parks & Recreation set up in Darden Towe Park Friday, September 14, to help people fill up sandbags. Many people say they’re using these to make a barrier around their homes to prevent potential flooding.

"With the uncertainty, we have to make sure that we can do our part to help eliminate any kind of stress that we can," said Madeline Curott, county spokesperson.

"It's a long wait to see if something's going to happen. I changed travel plans in order to be here to stay home. I'm looking forward to it just coming through, being done, and having our lives get back to normal," said Francesca Zavacky.

Crews are expected to be out at the park until 7 p.m. Friday. Free sandbags will also be available Saturday and Sunday.