Annapolis Residents Scoop Up Sand Ahead of Hurricane Sandy

City residents and business owners lined up Saturday morning to fill as many sandbags as Annapolis would give them ahead of Hurricane Sandy.

A steady stream of Annapolis residents and business owners lined up on Market Space on Saturday to fill sandbags they hope will keep the water out during Hurricane Sandy.

"I had four feet of water inside of Mangia after [Hurricane] Isabel," owner Charlie Priola said. "I've got plastic wrap. I need to get everything unplugged and up off the floors."

Hurricane Sandy, also known as the Frankenstorm, is expected to hit the Chesapeake Bay area Monday. It's severity will depend on which way the storm turns. If it turns west, the counterclockwise rotation would pull water into the Bay creating destructive storm surges and flooding. If the storm stays to the east, the Bay communities could be spared.

Priola and Bob Schwartzberg, the owner of The Big Cheese, worked together to fill their bags. Water damage wasn't the only concern on either man's mind.

"One of our biggest worries is the power going out," Schwartzberg said.

My Favorite Muffin owner Missy Maglin canceled a Monday shipment in anticipation of a possible power loss.

Annapolis' sand supply was running low just an hour into its distribution, and police spokesman Eric Crane said the officer checking IDs kept turning away county residents.

"The sand bags at Market Space are provided as a courtesy for residents or businesses in low lying areas who may just need a few," according to a press release. "The supply of sand is not intended to be sufficient for larger needs."

The city capped the number of sandbags at five for each city resident and 10 for each business—which were distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

Crane said he did not know of any distribution of sandbags by Anne Arundel County.

As of 11:30 a.m. an employee at the Home Depot on Forest Drive told Patch he had about two pallets worth of sandbags left in the store.

Priola said 10 would not be enough. He used more than 40 sandbags to try and project Mangia during Isabel. He's not sure what he will do if he can't track down enough bags.

Neighbors Patrick Murphy and Dana Lebow also plan to seek out additional bags to protect their shared basement—which floods during every major storm. The two worked a team on Saturday morning, taking turns filling their sandbags. They joked as they worked and tried to make light of what could be a severe storm.

"I'm going to make some sand castles when I get home," Murphy said. "I'll pretend I'm at Ocean City."

Don Risher October 27, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Here at Belair Engineering we are busy installing emergency standby home generators. It takes time to install a generator and pass all the required inspections and upgrade gas meters or LP tanks. I wish we could install next day but it's just not possible. Don Risher VP Belair Engineering info@belaireng.com
CL October 27, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Interesting. During Isabel, Mayor Moyer had the city provide plenty of sand for Isabel. They had a crew providing sand and bags at McNasby's till 8pm the night the storm hit enabling us to get enough bags to keep out the 3ft wall of water at our back door in Chester Ave. But now 5 bags as a courtesy?


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