Hillsborough residents load up on sandbags

County leaders urging people to be prepared

Hillsborough residents fill sandbags in preparation for Colin.
Hillsborough residents fill sandbags in preparation for Colin.
Hillsborough residents fill sandbags in preparation for Colin.

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — An hour after the Hillsborough County West Service Unit was supposed to close on Sunday, people were still loading up on sandbags.

The west service unit was one of three in the county where residents could fill 25 sandbags or less. Preston Cook, the county’s emergency management director believes people should prepare for the possibility of severe weather and heavy rainfall.

“Even though this may not be a strong hurricane, this storm still can come through here and give us significant impacts. We remember the storms from last summer, so we don’t want to take it lightly,” said Cook, speaking in the emergency operations center.

“We want our citizens to take the opportunity to be ready and understand there could be significant impacts and take those actions now. ”

Sarah Stokes, her husband Shayne and son Jago loaded up on sandbags and then returned to help others load up.

“We were here a earlier and we saw a few folks here struggling on their own, and we thought, ‘Hey, we’ve got an hour and we live down the road, we’ll give a hand’,” said Sarah Stokes.

“See if we can make it a little easier for the people here. ”

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