Although the path of Hurricane Irma is still to be determined, it is always best to be prepared.  We encourage you to take a look at some of the resources provided on the City of Tampa’s website website, which includes links on hurricane preparation and flooding.  You will also find their “Alert Tampa – Get Connected” campaign as a way to receive notifications regarding evacuations, street closures, boil water orders, hurricane re-entry orders, etc.  The Arbor Greene HOA has also created a page on their website with great Weather Safety links at

As for the Arbor Greene CDD, we will keep you posted on the operations of the Community Center, Gatehouse and any other concerns regarding the communities common areas as further details develop in the coming days. There have been resident concerns about the pond levels within Arbor Greene and we have engaged our District Engineer to advise the community as to our preparation.  All of the control and outflow structures are free flowing and are clear of any debris to obstruct their flow.  With the water flowing properly, the storm-water ponds are designed for the 100-year, 24-hour storm event.  The storm sewer (road drainage) are designed for a much less storm event, so we could experience street flooding. At this point there is nothing that we can do to try and lower the water levels, as it is a free-flowing water shed.  The District Engineer and her team are monitoring the storm to try and prepare as much as possible and we will update you with any information as it comes available. Below are County and City locations that are providing sandbags for residents to prepare for potential flooding.

Hillsborough County Sandbag Sites Open Tuesday and WednesdayHillsborough County, Fla. (Sept. 5, 2017) – In preparation of possible inclement weather associated with Hurricane Irma, Hillsborough County is making sandbag materials available to the public at all three County Public Works Service Units. Sandbags will be available at these units today from noon until 8 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday:

  • West Service Unit – 9805 Sheldon Road in Tampa
  • South Service Unit –  8718 Old Big Bend Road in Gibsonton
  • East Service Unit – 4702 Sydney Road in Plant City

Materials will be available for Hillsborough County residents to make their own sandbags. Each resident must provide their home address and sign their name acknowledging the receipt of 25 sandbags or less. Residents can call (813) 272-5900 to request additional information.

City of Tampa Sandbag Sites

The City of Tampa will open sandbag locations. Sandbags will be available to city residents at three locations. Residents may pick-up sandbags at the following locations:

  • Bobby Hicks Pool 4201 W. Mango Ave.
  • Barksdale Active Adult Center @ MacFarlane Park 1801 N. Lincoln Ave.
  • Jackson Heights Community Center 3310 E. Lake Avenue

Hours of operation will be: Daily:  10am- 7pm *until further notice Tampa residents interested in receiving sandbags must show identification verifying residence within the city limits. A valid driver’s license, utility bill, or electric bill will serve as appropriate identification. There is a ten bag limit. In addition, the City of Tampa requests that residents with a storm drain on their property check to ensure that the drain is clear of all debris including leaves and trash. Residents should report flooding issues by calling (813) 274-3101. During any heavy rainfall or severe weather event, the City of Tampa encourages the motoring public to heed traffic advisories, obey traffic signs/detours, and to exercise caution when driving in and around standing water.

  • Do not drive through water – it is difficult to determine how deep the water is.
  • It is best to avoid driving unless necessary.
  • Treat non-functioning traffic signals as a 4-way stop.
  • If you see a road closed, please follow the detour signs.
  • Avoid any downed or hanging power lines – they may be live.

Sign up for Alert Tampa, the city’s official emergency alert system, to receive time sensitive notifications which will be sent directly to your email, cell phone, and in some cases, home phone. Alert Tampa will provide you the official information you can use to keep your business, your home, and your family safe. To sign up today, visit our website at or call (813)231-6184. **Sandbags are self-fill. Staff is onsite to assist those in need.**