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Due to the National Weather Service forecast for heavy rain and flooding, the Charles County Department of Emergency Services is providing sandbags to county residents who need them to protect property. Sandbags and sand will be availableTuesday, Sept. 11 through Thursday, Sept. 13from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Residents can pick up and fill their sandbags at the first parking lot at Laurel Springs Park (5940 Radio Station Rd, La Plata).

There is a limit of 10 bags per person. Residents should bring a shovel to fill the bags. No shovels or other tools will be provided. Please be prepared to provide proof of county residency.

Get the latest Charles County severe weather updates:
Charles County Government website:www.CharlesCountyMD.gov
Facebook:www.Facebook.com/CharlesCounty
Twitter:www.Twitter.com/CharlesCoMD
Charles County Government Television (CCGTV): Comcast channel 95 or Verizon channel 10
SMECO Power Outage Map:stormcenter.smeco.coop(Call877-747-6326to report an outage.)

Sign up for the Citizen Notification System (CNS), the county’s free emergency notification system, atwww.CharlesCountyMD.gov/CNSto receive weather, traffic, and road closure notices by text message, email, or phone. Call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD:800-735-2258.