Sandbags available in Fort Wayne, Allen County

An Allen County resident takes advantage of the free, fill-your-own sandbags.
An Allen County resident takes advantage of the free, fill-your-own sandbags.
File Photo.
File Photo.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  The Allen County Highway Department is offering free sandbags at its Highway Department Barns.

The fill-them-yourself bags and sand are available until further notice at:

  • North Facility, 2234 Carroll Road.
  • South Facility, 8317 East Tillman Road.

Sandbags are available on a first-come basis and those interested will need to bring their own shovel.

The City of Fort Wayne will also be opening sandbag stations at 3 p.m. on Thursday at the following locations:

  • Northside Park parking lot, 2400 Parnell Avenue.
  • Ash Centre parking lot, 1701 Freeman Street.

Residents will also need to bring their own shovels for these locations.

Flood Safety Tip from the American Red Cross

  • Listen to area radio and television stations and a NOAA Weather Radio for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress or other critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS)
  • When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

Driving tips from the Indiana State Police

  • Don’t drive around barricades at water crossings.
  • Be especially vigilant at night. Many drowning deaths occur at night when it is difficult to see water crossings.
  • Don’t cross or enter flowing water. Driving fast through high water on roads is not a solution. Faster speeds create less tire contact with the road surface and increase your chance of crashing.
  • Driving through standing water may affect your brakes. Test your brakes at low speeds as soon as you exit the water.
  • If you choose to abandon your vehicle, respect the force of the water flow or you may be swept off your feet. After you exit the vehicle seek higher ground.
  • Be aware that road erosion may occur when there is running or standing water.
  • Remember that six inches of water will reach the bottoms of most car doors; one foot of water will float many vehicles; and two feet of moving water can carry away most vehicles. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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