Brownsville city officials are holding the second and final sandbag distribution event of the year today and Saturday. The goal is to ensure resident have sandbags before inclement weather so both they and city crews can focus on readying for the storm, Lt. Raul Rodriguez said.
Pre-filled sandbags will be available today until 7 p.m. at GBIC Circle, which is off Paredes Line Road when heading north toward State Highway 550. It will continue Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Brownsville residents must provide a Texas ID and water bill, and then city staff will load the sandbags into their vehicle. The sandbag limit is eight per household and 10 per business.
Rodriguez said the sandbag preparedness distribution serves two purposes. One is that it will free up city workers before a storm strikes to focus on flood mitigation efforts like clearing drainage and waterways, drain resacas, and secure city property that will be used for emergency response. The other is to free up residents’ time so they can prepare.
“Instead of waiting hours in line for sandbags, it allows them to focus on their mitigation efforts,” Rodriguez said. “When a storm is eminent and they’re trying to secure their home, we see a lot of frustration.”
Brownsville residents can get information about the event or report blocked drainage ways by calling the city help line at (956) 546-4367.