Where to get sandbags in Baltimore

BALTIMORE - Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced free sand and sandbag distribution for city residents and businesses located in flood-prone areas Friday in response to predictions of Hurricane Sandy.

At the direction of Mayor Rawlings-Blake, city department of transportation workers will assist residents and businesses in bagging and loading sand at select locations near the waterfront.

Free sand and sandbags are available for Baltimore City residents and business owners located in flood-prone areas.

Fells Point

From 1 to 9 p.m. Friday sand and sandbags will be available at the Broadway Pier, south of Thames Street in Fells Point. Supplies will be available on Saturday also.

Harbor East

From 6 to 9 p.m. Friday sand and sandbags can be picked up on the parking lot at 1401 Thames Street, on the water side of Thames, at the foot of Caroline in Harbor East.

"Baltimore always hopes for the best and plans for the worst," Mayor Rawlings-Blake said. "This storm has the potential for Isabel-like storm surge, and I want to make sure our residents and businesses have an opportunity to prepare for possible flooding."

As crews brought in truckloads of sand for business owners and residents downtown, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake share the importance of preparing in what is considered one of the most vulnerable parts of the city to storm surge and flooding.

It's an issue with which most business owners and residents in the area are aware.

"Actually, we have The Weather Channel on a couple of TVs inside," said Shuckers owner Andy Rosenthal. "We've been looking at all the models, and it doesn't look good."

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