Mandatory Evacuations In Parts Of Tampa Bay

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) _ Authorities say a mandatory evacuation order is in effect for people living in a flood-prone area near New Port Richey.

The Pasco County Office of Emergency Management issued the evacuation order early Monday following heavy rain over the weekend.

Officials say the nearby Anclote River is expected to exceed 24 feet Monday afternoon putting it at what is considered major flood stage. They say areas that were affected by heavy rain last week will likely see flooding again on Monday.

The county’s Resident Information Center is open and accepting non-emergency calls.

Emergency management officials are also continuing to monitor the situation in low-lying parts of Tampa.

The city of Tampa will continue offering free sandbags to residents through 4 p.m. Monday. Anyone with proof of Tampa Residency can pick them up at any of the following locations:

– The Jackson Heights playground on Lake Avenue
– The City of Tampa solid waste on Spruce Street
– The Bobby hicks Pool on mango Street

There is a 10 band limit per person.

Jim Watkins from Your Wake Up Call heard each morning from 6-9 a.m. on AM 820 News has Five Helpful Tips on how to be safe in the rain around Tampa Bay. Sort of helpful…