Bastrop prepares for flooding from Harvey

The community of Bastrop is prepping for possible flooding.

In anticipation of Hurricane Harvey, Bastrop residents are preparing for the worst.

"No matter where you are, you got something to deal with," said Jerry Dubrava. And he should know - to him, flood waters are less of a threat than the long snowy nights he spent driving a tractor trailer in New York State.

"We still had to go. My boss said, 'We have chains.' So living down here is a blessing," he added.

KVUE met Dubrava at the City of Bastrop's Public Works yard. It provided sandbags free of charge on Friday night. Dubrava's sandbags will soon sit near his front door just in case the water creeps up at his Tahitian Village home.

He moved there in 2011 just after the historic Lost Pines fire scorched 35,000 acres. He says this time, Bastrop had plenty of warning.

The forewarning has had the opposite effect on Michelle Smith.

Despite living in Riverside Grove for 19 years, Harvey has left her on edge.

"I went to the store on Monday and stocked up on food, which I've never done. I went and got sandbags which I've never done, I went and bought extra batteries for my cell phone in case we lose power. I've never done any of that. There is something that's telling me this is not gonna be just wind and rain."

Smith lives just blocks from the Colorado River, which will soon be under a flood warning.

Until then she hopes her sandbags will keep her air conditioning unit dry.

"Bastrop's been through so much," she added. "We don't need another flood."

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