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Hillsborough County Prepares for More Rain This Weekend

Residents Urged to Exercise Caution on Roads

Hillsborough County, Fla. (May 25, 2018) - In preparation for the forecast of heavy rainfall this weekend, Hillsborough County residents can find complete information on County services and programs, as well as safety tips, online at HCFLGov.net/StaySafe.

Road Closures and Drainage Problems

Even small amounts of additional rain may result in standing water in streets, ditches, yards, and low-lying areas.

Residents can report blocked storm drains, potholes, washouts, and other road damage by contacting Hillsborough County at (813) 272-5900, or HCFLGov.net/AtYourService.

Storm Safety and Flooding Tips

 Follow these safety tips to help keep you and your family safe:

  • Don't drive through moving water or standing water. Standing water that is only two feet deep can disable most vehicles.
  • Observe all barricades and detours. They are there for your protection.
  • Be careful walking and driving. Flooding may cause pathways to shift and erode roadsides, as well as leave surfaces coated with slippery mud.
  • Avoid wading through standing water. Floodwaters may contain fecal matter, bacteria, and viruses.
  • Clear yard of any debris, plant material, or items (garden décor, foliage, or garbage cans) that can block water flow and storm drains.
  • Treat non-functioning traffic signals as a four-way stop.
  • Heavy rains can saturate root systems, downing unhealthy trees and with them, power lines. Stay away from downed utility lines. Always assume that every line is a power line, and that it is live.
  • Watch for workers clearing debris, and follow all directional instructions and detour signs.

Mosquito Prevention Tips

With the recent and expected rainfall, residents may now have standing water around their homes that can support the breeding of mosquitoes. Any items that hold water - from a Styrofoam cup to a torn plastic tarp - can allow mosquitoes to breed by the thousands. It's important to drain this water and dispose, cover, or move these items to prevent the spread of mosquitoes.

Follow these tips to help prevent mosquito breeding:

  • Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots, buckets, watering cans, kiddie pools, and any other containers where rain water has collected.
  • Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances, and other items that may collect water.
  • Empty and clean birdbaths and pet water bowls at least once or twice a week.
  • Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that do not accumulate water.
  • Maintain swimming pools in good condition and chlorination.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and insect repellent while you're out cleaning up your yard.

For more information on the Hillsborough County Mosquito Control Unit and tips to prevent or reduce mosquitoes, visit HCFLGov.net/Mosquito.

Residents can also sign up for HCFL Alert, the County's official mass notification system, to receive time-sensitive, important messages regarding emergencies.

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