The City of Hollywood Department of Public Works is offering free sandbags to Hollywood residents who live in flood prone areas. Residents may pick up the sandbags between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at the Public Works Yard, 1600 South Park Road in Hollywood.

There is a limited supply of sandbags. Proof of Hollywood residency will be required (driver’s license with Hollywood address, Utility bill, etc.). There is a limit of 10 sandbags per person.

If you are not in a flood prone area, the City requests you do not seek sandbags and reserve these bags for residents who truly need them.

Sandbags have a limited shelf life. Once they are placed outside and become saturated, the bags begin to deteriorate. If you do not end up using your sandbags in the coming days, the City advises that you store the bags in a dry area such as a garage or storage shed to preserve them for future use.

Heavy rain may impact the Hollywood area beginning Friday and localized flooding is possible. The City of Hollywood urges residents and motorists to exercise caution when encountering flooding.

  • Avoid driving on flooded streets. It is often difficult to determine the depth of murky water until it is too late. Unnecessary travel during flooding conditions is not advisable.
  • If you are stranded in your vehicle during a flood, try to remain there until the flood water subsides. You also may attempt to walk out of the area if you can determine it is safe to do so. If you are injured, use a cell phone to call 911 or try to flag down help from someone nearby.
  • Stay indoors. The safest place for you during a flood is your home.
  • Do not go outside or wade in standing flood water, which can contain contaminants such as sewage and chemicals. Do not let children or pets play in flood water. Following a heavy storm, sharp debris could be hidden in the water and cause injury. Standing water also may contain harmful bacteria that could cause infection. If downed power lines are hidden under standing water, there is the risk of electrocution.
  • If you are stranded in your home, remain there and try to call a neighbor or friend every hour to advise them of your status.

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