City of Miami Beach to distribute sandbags for residents, preparing for possible flooding

MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - The City of Miami Beach is preparing for possible flooding in advance of Hurricane Irma.

The city announced they would distribute sandbags to residents starting Tuesday. Officials said 10 bags would be given to each family who pick them up at 451 Dade Blvd. Residents must show identification in order to receive the sandbags.

Sandbags will be also be distributed from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day until the city runs out or must stop due to inclement weather.

Mayor Philip Levine spoke with 7News about the preparations in case of flooding on Monday night.

“So what we have started to do way in advance, about a week ago, is we started bringing in as many portable generators as possible,” said Levine. “We want to make sure all the pumps on Miami Beach, if they run out of power, if power gets taken off, that we have portable generators, so we have about 18. We have more coming in. We’re literally going in in, in the next couple of days, we’re cleaning out our entire drainage system to make it as clean and clear as possible.”

The mayor is also reminding residents to have a personal storm plan in place.

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