WINTER HAVEN, Fla — Polk County has seen its fair share of hurricanes.
It was the only Florida county to be hit with the eyewall of three hurricanes in 2004: Charley, Frances and Jeanne. That’s why they’re taking every precaution for Hurricane Dorian.
"The ground is already saturated here," says Greg Becker, the emergency management program director. Becker says even 5 inches of rain from Dorian could mean huge problems for the county.
Wet ground brings the potential of flooding and downed trees, leading to power outages.
The Polk County Emergency Operations Center has 102 seats and each one will be filled at the storm moves closer to the state. Representatives from each county department as well as power companies, phone companies and contractors are in place to figure out how to get through the storm and how to get through the cleanup after.
Polk County has already distributed more than 30,000 sandbags, a first line of defense against flooding. The county has the potential to distribute more than 40,000 more.
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