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Sand bags available for flooded areas

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When the hard rain came Thursday, it did quite a number on Brooksville.

The Hernando County city had flooding on at least a half a dozen roads as a result of the wet stuff.

As the city looked to recover Friday, more rain fell. While it didn't cause the same kind of damage, it certainly didn't help things.

Especially when you consider just how bad Thursday's flooding was.

Rackley Road in Brooksville looked and sounded like a creek after floodwaters ate away a portion of the road.

"I've never seen it this bad where it just takes out the whole road, you can clearly see you can't go down this road," said Pat O'Connell.

No cars were going down this road so O'Connell was forced to use a four wheel ATV to get around.

"It's never been this bad," said O'Connell. "I just barely got home."

It was a lot of the same on Saturn Road, while drivers took caution on Powell.

Hernando County Sheriff's Deputies urge drivers to stay away from the flooded roads until they're dry again.

Many are dealing with flooding on their property.

"It's real close to my barn so I'm concerned about my horses," said O'Connell.

By Friday night, you could see the damage two days of rain had done to the community.

"We've had so much water, the ground is so saturated, it's got no place to go," O'Connell said.

But instead of mourning what has been lost, folks around here look on the bright side and can't help but crack a joke or two as they start the clean up.

"That's the reason they call it Brooksville, it's all running down hill," said O'Connell.

The Brooksville Fire Department said they were making sandbags available for residents who need them.

Pasco County was also under a flood watch most of Friday. Cypress Creek is expected to exceed its flood level by at least two feet over the weekend.

Sand and sand bags are available at the following locations:

  • Pasco County Public Works Complex, 7530 State Street, New Port Richey
  • Land O' Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes
  • C- Barn, 3908 Warder Road., San Antonio
  • Hillsborough South Service Unit, 8718 Old Big Bend Road, Gibsonton

In Hillsborough County, the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Little Manatee River at Wimauma from Saturday afternoon until Monday evening.

The county is making sandbags available through the weekend to residents who may be impacted by localized flooding.

They are available at the South Service Unit, 8718 Old Big Bend Road in Gibsonton from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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