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Tampa Bay Area Under Flood Watch

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Daylina Miller
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WUSF
Janette and Francis Dunkerly fill sandbags at the Seven Springs Fire Station in New Port Richey. The garage at their Elfers home was flooded earlier this month.

Emergency operations centers across Tampa Bay are on guard for heavy rain and the very real possibility of flooding tonight and Tuesday.

A flood watch covering nearly the entire Tampa Bay region is under effect until 8 p.m., said Juli Marquez, a meteorologist with Bay News 9.

Pasco County’s center remained in operations through the weekend, and Pinellas County is partially activating its center at 1 p.m. today.

In addition, several communities are keeping open sandbag sites for residents. In Pasco, thousands of sandbags were picked up at its 10 locations over the weekend, said Ed Caum, a county spokesman. 

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Credit Daylina Miller / WUSF
There are 27 pumps around Pasco County attempting to keep houses and businesses from flooding during this week's anticipated rainfall.

“People started to make plans, people started to get ready to evacuate or prepare themselves better," he said. 

"We put out more sandbags in the last four days than we did three weeks ago for that event because people are saying, ‘Wow, we better listen.’ ''

A list of resources for individual counties and municipalities is available here.

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