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The City of Virginia Beach is providing free sand to residents who want to fill sandbags in preparation of possible flooding due to Dorian.

The sand was available starting Wednesday, Sept. 4 around 9:30 a.m. at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex located at 2044 Landstown Centre Way.

Officials are urging residents to brings their own bags and shovels since the equipment is limited.

Chris Steagall arrived early to fill up dozens of bags, some for a friend of his who couldn't get off work.

"I'm going to take 15 to 20 bags to my apartment and give the rest to a friend," Steagall said. "He works all day and doesn't have time to do this and I don't want his house to flood again."

Steagall said he didn't want to wait until it was too late to prepare with sandbags.

The sand was still available for resident pickup as of Wednesday night.

The city will still be distributing sand on Thursday, Sept. 5 starting at 9 a.m. at the Sportsplex. There are a limited number of shovels and bags and they'll keep giving sand away as long as possible depending on weather conditions and the availability of materials.

UPDATE, SPREAD THE WORD: Waste Management is suspending al... l trash, recycling, bulky item, and yard debris collections for Fri., Sept. 6. Collections will be on Sat., Sept. 7 instead. Remove all materials from curb and roadways that could impede the flow of water to storm drains and secure all loose items. The West Neck and Oceana Recycling Drop-off Centers will be closed Friday.

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