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Sandbags made available in Groveland

Some people prepare well in advance of Hurricane Irma

GROVELAND, Fla. – Sandbags are now available in Groveland, on a first-come, first-served basis.

"Some of the dirt is hard, so you have to scoop it up and put it in the bag," one woman said Tuesday.

Dozens of people in Groveland are getting ahead of the storm that’s brewing, and some are already starting to load up their trunks with sandbags.

"We came out here to get our sandbags and we saw the elderly and a couple of other people that needed help," Dustin Mozena said.

The Groveland Fire Department said officials started getting calls around 9 a.m. from people asking when the sandbags would be available. That's when the city dumped a new pile of sand for those who need to protect their homes from flooding.

"(I) put in a screen porch about last year and it floods with heavy rains and I'm trying to prevent from getting rain in my living room," Cecil Ader said.

Said Patrick Pastular, with the Fire Department, "We're trying to help people get sandbags together to protect their homes from water coming in, and be a little proactive."

There’s a limit of 10 sandbags per household and you need to bring your own shovel to fill up the bags.