Manatee County Monitoring the Tropics

Manatee County Monitoring the Tropics
Posted on 09/23/2022
Tropical Storm Outlook ScreenshotMANATEE COUNTY, FLA. (Sept. 23, 2022) -- Emergency Management and Public Safety officials are urging Manatee County residents to monitor Tropical Depression Nine through the weekend as the storm moves slowly toward Florida.

Manatee County’s Emergency Operations Center has a “partial level two” activation currently as officials continue to closely monitor the storm. Manatee County’s Emergency leadership has been on several calls with state preparedness teams and forecasters with the National Weather Service. Officials say many low-lying and coastal areas of Manatee County are already saturated from recent rains and could experience temporary flooding if the storm brings heavy rain on Saturday and Sunday.

“Anyone who may be concerned about flooding or residents of flood-prone areas should start making plans to stay with family or friends outside of that area,” said Public Safety Deputy Director Steve Litschauer. “It is possible for Manatee County to also see further effects from this storm, so continue to monitor Tropical Depression Nine throughout the weekend.” If any resident has potential “special needs,” they should register with the county immediately.

Manatee County Public Works Department is making sandbags available at the following “self-serve” locations beginning Saturday, Sept. 24:

  • Bennett Park, 400 Cypress Creek Blvd, Bradenton
  • Rubonia Community Center, 1309 72nd St. E., Palmetto
  • Myakka Community Center, 10060 Wauchula Road, Myakka City

Pallets of pre-made bags will also be available at the following locations Saturday, September 24:

  • Manatee Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach (Northwest Parking lot)
  • Bayfront Park, 310 North Bay Blvd. Anna Maria (North end – by the recycling center)
  • Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach (South Bayside – near the guardrail)

On Sunday, September 25, additional full-service sandbag distribution will take place from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the following locations:

  • G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W, Bradenton
  • Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto
Residents and visitors should monitor local news and the County's social media pages for updates. The County’s Emergency Planning page provides updated information on emergency response and severe weather information impacting Manatee County residents and visitors.