Sandbags available ahead of heavy rain

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Multiple Bay area locations have announced they are making sandbags available to residents in flood-prone areas in response to possible heavy rains beginning Saturday.

Hillsborough County officials say sandbags will be available Saturday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the following locations:

· 8718 Old Big Bend Rd, Gibsonton
· 4702 Sydney Rd, Plant City
· 9805 Sheldon Rd, Tampa

In Pasco County, there is potential for some areas to receive several inches of rain in the coming days.

Pasco County Government and the City of New Port Richey is also opening sand bag operations starting Saturday.  The following locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice:

· West Pasco Government Center, 7356 State Street, New Port Richey (self-serve)
· J.W. Mitchell Park, 4025 Little Road, New Port Richey (self-serve)
· Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson (self-serve)

The sand bag locations are open to Pasco County residents. Sand bags will be provided, but residents are encouraged to bring their own shovels.

The City of New Port Richey will also open sand bag operations for city residents from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following location:

· 6240 Pine Hill Road, New Port Richey (self-serve)

Pasco County Public Works crews will be working over the weekend as needed. Pumps at the following locations are operating: Trinity, Thousand Oaks, Seven Springs and Magnolia Valley. Additional pumps will be activated if needed.

The Citrus County Department of Public Works will be opening two sand bag filling locations Sunday, beginning at 12:00 p.m. and remaining open until 8:00 p.m.  They will re-open Monday, August 8, 2016, at 8:00am.  The addresses of the locations are as follows;