Lebanon police run out of sandbags ahead of rain, work to fill 1,000 more

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LEBANON, Tenn. (WKRN) – Lebanon police were offering sandbags for folks to pick up to help protect their property with the anticipated heavy rain on Monday.

However, the demand was greater than the supply. Police told News 2 they ran out of bags in about an hour and a half.

Originally, the plan was for business owners and homeowners to pick them up from one of two locations from 2:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Now, police say they are working to fill 1,000 more bags with the help of inmates. Once filled, they will be at the same locations listed.

The two pick-up points are Lebanon Fire Department station one on East Gay Street and the Cedar Crest Shopping Center on West Main Street. The limit will be 20 bags per property.

Officials advise folks to keep sandbags dry until needed, utilizing the plastic in conjunction with the bags add to their effectiveness.

Sandbags are not reusable and should be disposed of after use. Crews will monitor both sites and clearing areas throughout the event. They advise the public to remain weather alert and to “turn around, don’t drown”.

News 2 will continue tracking the impact of Hurricane Ida on Tennessee.

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