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Leon County working to get residents prepared with tropical depression forming in Gulf

Posted at 5:15 PM, Jul 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-08 17:15:41-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. — We had plenty of rain over the weekend, so the the possibility of more can be a concern, depending on where your home is.

Now is the time to take steps to prevent damage to your home.

"We're getting some sand in case we get a lot of rain," said Michelle Rebman, Leon County resident.

With a tropical depression developing in the Gulf, homeowners are now doing what they can to prepare for inclement weather.

"I mean, it's not due for a few more days and we got it out of the way," said Rebman.

Leon County is operating four sandbag locations, so property owners can prevent damage to their homes.

"Divert water away from your property where water may come to vulnerable places," said Kevin Peters, Leon County Emergency Management Director. "These are not going to prevent total flooding, they are there to help divert water from any entry ways to your home."

Rebman says she learned from Hurricane Michael about the importance of sandbags.

"We tried to get into the parks after work and there was a line probably 20 or 30 cars long and we just didn't do it," said Rebman. "We Just got a lot of erosion in the yard and stuff. we want to prevent erosion this time."

Rebman and Peters both encourage people to take this step to prevent damage to their homes. And you can keep the sandbags all hurricane season long.

"This is not a get them today and get rid of them as soon the weather passes," said Peters. "We would encourage folks to keep them as part of their preparedness plan for this hurricane season."

Right now people are asked to take no more than 15 bags to make sure there is enough sand for everyone.