Storm preppers wait hours for sandbags in Brevard County

More rain, flooding expected in Brevard

Hundreds waited for sandbags at Mitchell Ellington Park Tuesday in a line much longer than Monday’s line as Brevard County’s tropical storm watch was upgraded to a tropical storm warning.

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Hundreds waited for sandbags at Mitchell Ellington Park Tuesday in a line much longer than Monday’s line as Brevard County’s tropical storm watch was upgraded to a tropical storm warning.

Residents like Janet Arnold said the seven or eight inches of rain that flooded Merritt Island neighborhoods just two weeks ago is a recent reminder to prepare ahead of the next storm.

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“We live on the river so we just want to be prepared for any flooding,” Arnold said. “The water is already very high so it’s already at our seawall.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Sheriff Wayne Ivey spoke during the county’s emergency preparedness update.

“Just be ready,” the sheriff said. “This is one that we’re all going to ride out together.”

Emergency management staff and public information officers are starting to be called to their stations at the Emergency Operations Center in Rockledge.

The county says jail inmates have filled tens of thousands of sandbags the last few days at the county’s four distribution locations that were open through Tuesday.

Emergency operations director John Scott commented on recent bad weather while presenting the forecast for Hurricane Ian.

“We know we’ve already seen a lot of rain and unfortunately, Ian looks like he’s going to bring some more rain with us,” Scott said.

Brevard Public Schools said classes are canceled Wednesday and Thursday, with a decision about classes Friday to be made later.

The county said three shelters will open at 10 a.m. Wednesday including:

  • Walter Butler Community Center, 4201 N Cocoa Blvd, Cocoa, FL 32927
  • Wickham Park Community Center, 2815 Leisure Way, Melbourne, FL 32935
  • Max K. Rodes Community Center, 3410 Flanagan Ave West Melbourne, FL 32904

The county said the shelters will also be pet-friendly.

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About the Author:

James joined News 6 in March 2016 as the Brevard County Reporter. His arrival was the realization of a three-year effort to return to the state where his career began. James is from Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Penn State in 2009 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.