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Sandbags available in Hendry County as residents prepare for tropical weather

Posted at 7:26 AM, Oct 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-05 07:26:55-04

HENDRY COUNTY, Fla. -- Southwest Florida's inland areas are on the edge of the cone of uncertainty. 

The Hendry County Health Department in Clewiston is where sandbags will be given out starting at noon Wednesday to help residents prepare for Hurricane Matthew. Sandbags will also be given out at the LaBelle Rodeo Grounds at 100 Rodeo Drive.

According to the Hendry County Emergency Management Facebook page, a local state of emergency was to be declared Wednesday morning at 6 am.  This comes after Governor Rick Scott issued a state of emergency for the entire state earlier this week.

Wednesday at 2pm there will be a conference call including Hendry County Emergency Management and other area agencies.  Following that call, the decisions will be made on school closures and shelter openings.

Hendry County could get slammed with tropical storm force winds and rainfall related flash flooding in low lying areas.  Residents are being urged to put their storm preparedness plans into action now.