Jul 8, 2021 - News
What to do with your unused sandbags after Tropical Storm Elsa
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So Tropical Storm Elsa didn't warrant that many sandbags after all, huh? Better safe — and crafty — than sorry.

If they're unused, Pinellas County says you can save them for the next big storm or use them for landscaping. 

Here are a few other ideas:

  • Start a neighborhood sandcastle contest.
  • Build a sandbox for the kids (or adults).
  • Make candles and other crafts.
  • Strap one in a diaper and make your kids care for it like a baby to teach them about family planning.
  • Make a backyard obstacle course and hold a ninja warrior-type competition.
  • String one up in your basement as a punching bag, or just like kick the pile when you're mad.

A big FYI: If they touched any floodwater, your sandbags are probably contaminated with lots of nasty stuff, so ignore everything we just said above and throw 'em out.


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