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City helps prepare for storm with sandbag distribution

Posted at 4:01 AM, Jul 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-25 05:01:15-04

Hundreds of Corpus Christi residents showed up to a sandbag distribution that started Thursday and continued Friday.

Crew members at the Public Works Stockpile located near Holly Road and Civitan Drive were busy distributing sandbags since noon on Friday.

Ernestine Donahue said she got in line at 9:15 a.m. to get sandbags for her daughters. She wasn't the only one who arrived early.

“Come early," said a woman named Yadira. "I have been in line for three hours so get here early and make sure you have enough space in your vehicles.”

Assistant Public Works Director Sarah Munoz said things were done a little differently for this impending storm because of the pandemic.

“In the past we’ve usually have had residents fill up the sandbags on their own," she said. "Due to safety measures we’ve decided to be proactive and fill the bags up for the residents just to ensure social distancing and that it is an effective and efficient way of moving."

Dozens of people were waiting in their vehicles to get their hands on some sandbags. Some of them shared how they’re dealing with a pandemic while preparing for Hanna.

“It’s a challenge I guess for everybody," said a man named Tony. "Everybody needs to pull through and wear masks. This is real you know, this is what it is.”

“Put a mask on, be careful,” said Ceasar Vasquez who is also a local resident.

As of noon on Friday, crew members had distributed 2,500 sandbags.

Residents were limited to seven bags per vehicle.