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City to hand out sandbags today

May 17, 2019

With the start of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season weeks away, the City of Brownsville wants residents to be ready and will hand out sandbags today and Saturday.

Taking a proactive approach, the city’s Public Works Department will host the Sandbag Drive-Thru Pickup and will provide free sandbags to Brownsville residents and businesses.

Hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.

The city already has some 10,000 sandbags already filled and ready to be loaded up in cars and trucks.

The sandbags will be handed out from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, at Industrial Park, GBIC Circle in Brownsville.

Residents will receive up to eight bags while businesses may receive up to 10 bags. In order to pick up the bags, residents must present an official drivers license or identification and a water/waste water bill as a proof of residency. City staff will place the bags in the vehicles.

Although NOAA or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration won’t release its 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast until later this month, other forecasts indicate it will be a slightly below average season this year.

Colorado State University research scientist Philip Klotzbach in April said this year’s forecast calls for 13 named storms. Of those, the forecast suggests that five could develop into hurricanes and that two could strengthen into major hurricanes of Category 3 or greater. An average season would produce 6.4 hurricanes and 2.7 major hurricanes.

Experts urged residents to prepare and cautioned that just one storm can impact a community.

A Hurricane Preparedness Fair will be held May 21 at the Brownsville Events Center.

lmartinez@brownsvilleherald.com