Hamilton County offers free bags and sand to protect from flooding

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NOBLESVILLE, IN — Hamilton County Emergency Management officials are encouraging residents and business owners to get ready for possible flooding in the next few days.

Water runoff from melting snow and possible heavy rains over frozen ground could lead to flooding along rivers and streams, as well as in low-lying areas and streets. Also, waterways might become blocked as the ice breaks up, causing ice jams.

Sand and bags will be available at 1717 Pleasant Street in Noblesville during the following hours: Thursday 6-8 p.m., Friday 4-10 p.m., Saturday 9-3 p.m. and if needed, Sunday from 12-2 p.m.

“We have the shovels and the sandbags and everything available as residents come out,” said Hamilton County Emergency Management Executive Director Tom Sibak. “Just be prepared that it’s going to be a little bit labor-intensive, but we’ll definitely be able to support our residents.”

Sibak said it’s a job for two people, so come ready. You must fill the bags yourself.

There is currently enough sand for 2,000 bags. It is free and there is no sandbag limit.