MANATEE COUNTY- Manatee County is under a state of emergency as Hurricane Michael approaches the gulf coast.
The county’s Public Works Department took precautions to get residents prepared.
Tuesday, the county distributed sandbags until 7 pm at G.T. Bray Park, Bennett park, and at the Bradenton Area Convention Center.
As of 3 p.m., more than 2,000 sandbags were given out across all 3 parks.
Myra Prater, Field Maintenance Division Manager at Manatee County Public Works said, “The turnout has been fairly decent; it’s been a little hit or miss. I think part of it may be due to the previous hours being work hours. We appreciate having the opportunity to set up for the citizens and try to help them out and make sure they feel secure with the surge potential out on the islands.”
The county’s elf–serving sandbagging machine, introduced in April, was untouched as county workers gave out prepackaged sandbags, leftover from previous storms.