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Fort Wayne, Allen County offering free sand and sandbags

With the potential for flooding in the forecast for this weekend, the city of Fort Wayne and the Allen County Highway Department will be offering citizens free sand and sandbags.

The Fort Wayne Street Department has placed sand in the parking lot of the ASH Centre, 1701 Freeman St., and the Southwest Conservation Club at 5703 Bluffton Road. Bags are available, but residents need to bring a shovel to fill the bags they need.

The county’s fill-them-yourself bags and sand will be available anytime until further notice at the Highway Department’s two maintenance facilities. The north facility is located at 2234 Carroll Road and you should enter through the south gate. The south facility is located at 8317 E. Tillman Road. Sandbags are available on a first-come basis. It is advised that you bring your own shovel.

Friday morning, the City’s Flood Control staff placed the flood gate and closed Hartman Road at Foster Park, and delivered barricades in low-lying areas that often hold water during a rain event.

Residents are encouraged to check and clear storm drains and inlets in their neighborhood so that water can flow into the drain and away from the area.

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