Residents line up again for sandbags as storm approaches

County pumps have been working since last week
Posted at 7:05 PM, Aug 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-30 19:05:34-04

A long line of cars and trucks waited most of the day Tuesday at the West Pasco Government complex.

People waited for sandbags to protect their homes from the storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.

“I’m a little nervous. I just remodeled my house. And don’t want any damage,” said Berae Savage.

Inmates from the Pasco County jail helped with filling the bags and handing them off to residents.

And somewhere in the line waited Kay Goodwin.

Her home flooded earlier this year and she wasn’t going to wait until the last minute to prepare.

“I’m not playing. I can’t afford to,” she said.

Goodwin is disabled and uses a walker, so lifting the bags isn’t easy for her.

Officials said along with the rain, Pasco is expecting 25 mile an hour sustained winds.

And gusts up to 50 mph..

“That means that we will have trees that will go down on structures. We will have trees go down on cars. We will have tress go into power lines,” said Emergency Services Director Kevin Guthrie.

The county has had pumps going since last week in hopes of preventing serious flooding.

“I’m in a no flood zone, but my backyard floods all the way up to the back door where is comes in,” said Savage.

As for Kay, she was only able to get ten sandbags on her first trip.

Those in charge didn’t want to weigh down her car too much.

But it’s not enough. And she’ll need more to keep the water out.

“I think we are just going to get rain. I really do. But that’s the problem. The rain,” said Goodwin.

Pasco Officials will make the decision on closing school Thursday, by Wednesday evening.

And if schools are closed, government offices will be too.

Residents should report flooding issues to Pasco County customer service support center at 727-847-2411.