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Posted August 1, 2017 | 3:17 PM

County Sandbag Sites Open for Tropical Storm Emily

In anticipation of inclement weather associated with Tropical Storm Emily, Hillsborough County is making sandbag materials available to the public at all three County Public Works Service Units.

Sandbags will be available at these units until 7 p.m. today.

  • West Service Unit - 9805 Sheldon Road in Tampa
  • South Service Unit - 8718 Old Big Bend Road in Gibsonton
  • East Service Unit - 4702 Sydney Road in Plant City

Materials will be available for Hillsborough County residents to make their own sandbags. Each resident must provide their home address and sign their name acknowledging the receipt of 25 sandbags or less. An instructional video is available on YouTube.

Use Caution in Heavy Rains

Motorists are urged to exercise caution on roadways as weather conditions warrant. Residents should keep in mind these floodwater safety tips:

  • Don't drive through moving or standing water. Water that is 2 feet deep can disable most vehicles.
  • Treat non-functioning traffic signals as a four-way stop.
  • Observe all barricades and detours. They are there for your protection.
  • Avoid standing water. Floodwaters may contain fecal matter, bacteria, and viruses.
  • Clear yard of debris or items that can block water flow and storm drains.
  • Avoid downed power lines. Always assume power lines are live.
  • Watch for workers repairing surfaces, and follow all directional instructions and detour signs.
  • Residents can go online to HCFLGov.net/AtYourService, or call (813) 635-5400 to report flooding and road problems or to request additional information.

Get Connected. Stay Alert.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to register for HCFL Alert, Hillsborough County's official public notification system for emergency and urgent alerts. To receive messages by email, phone, and text, go to HCFLGov.net/StaySafe.