City of Virginia Beach providing sand to help protect homes from flooding

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - To help barricade homes from potential hurricane-induced flooding, the City of Virginia Beach is providing free sand to residents.

The Virginia Beach Public Works Department began dropping off several tons of sand on Tuesday next to the parking lot at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex off Princess Anne Road.

The sand deliveries ended Wednesday evening.

The city was able to give away over 500 tons of sand.

"It's a lot (of people). I didn't expect it first thing in the morning like this," said Autumn Salyer, who came with 18 empty bags to fill up.

With preparations for Hurricane Florence continuing to ramp up, sandbags have been hard to find at local hardware stores.