Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center Public Information Update for August 24

This is a Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center Public Information Update for August 24, 2012.

Current Situation

Tropical Storm Isaac update as of 9:13 a.m. Tropical Storm Isaac is currently located 165 miles southeast of the Dominican Republic, with winds of 50 miles per hour.

Road Closures

Current road and lane closures are listed online at www.HillsboroughCounty.org/publicworks. These are not necessarily related to storm activity.

Park Areas Closed Due To Flooding

Due to the heavy rains the past few days, the following park areas are closed due to high water:

  • Dead River Park – Entire Park is closed.
  • Wilderness Park – Off-roads trails at the Flatwoods Site, the Morris Bridge Site and the Morris Bridge Biking Area; the picnic shelter side of the Morris Bridge Site.
  • Lake Park – Back area including the archery, the remote control track, the BMX tracks, and the horse arena.
  • Lithia Springs Park – Swimming area.
  • Medard Park – Boat ramp area.

Facility Closures

County Center, the Public Utilities Department administration building, John F. Germany Public Library and Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library are closed through Aug. 31. These are planned closures unrelated to storm activity.

Sandbags Available

Hillsborough County:

Sandbags remain available to residents of unincorporated Hillsborough County, while supplies last, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at the following locations:

  • West Service Unit – 9805 Sheldon Drive in Tampa (near Sheldon Drive and Linebaugh Ave.)
  • South Service Unit – 8718 Old Big Bend Road in Gibsonton
  • East Service Unit – 4702 Sydney Road near Plant City

Filled sandbags will be available to the elderly/disabled. Sandbag materials will be available to those physically able to make their own. Additionally, each citizen will sign their name and provide their home address acknowledging the receipt of 25 sandbags or less.

County Emergency Preparedness Links For Additional Information

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Citizens can call 813-272-5900 to report problems or request additional information.