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District keeping an eye on tropical wave headed towards Florida

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate September 2, 2018 at 11:13 pm From the St. John’s River Water Management DistrictAs a tropical wave is forecast to approach Florida over the Labor Day weekend, St. Johns River Water Management District staff are closely monitoring water levels in the St. Johns and Ocklawaha rivers and advising homeowners to prepare for potential impacts from possible heavy rainfall.Ample storage is available to accept forecast rainfall in the district-controlled water bodies in the Upper St. Johns River and Upper Ocklawaha River basins.In advance of a heavy rain-making system, homeowners can prepare their properties by:Keeping debris out of storm drains and ditchesReporting clogged ditches to local governmentsCleaning out gutters and extending downspouts at least four feet from structuresBuilding up the ground around the home to promote drainage away from the foundationThe district’s webpage, www.sjrwmd.com/localgovernments/flooding/, is a reliable one-stop resource for information and links to flood statements and warnings, river stages, and local government emergency contacts in the district’s 18-county region. The public is encouraged to bookmark the website, which provides links to the National Weather Service, Florida Division of Emergency Management and the U.S. Geological Survey’s interactive map of current conditions in the state.Florida’s many waterways and extensive coastline make the state especially vulnerable to floods. When tropical systems and other storms bring high volumes of rain in short periods of time, flooding can result. Partnerships between the public and government entities are necessary to minimize flooding impacts, protect personal property and assist flood victims during and after storms.Local governments are the primary entities responsible for emergency responses during storms, such as implementing state-of-emergency declarations, evacuations and rescue efforts during flood-related disasters. The district may assist local governments in their recovery efforts by providing pumps and personnel to lower floodwaters and assess damage from the storm. The district works closely with local governments year-round to develop improved flood management plans and to help communities establish and implement strategies to deal with floods once they occur.Here is a summary of the district’s current status:All district lands are currently open to public access and recreation. For ongoing information about district operations, visit the www.sjrwmd.com homepage.District offices will be closed for Monday’s Labor Day holiday and anticipate reopening for normal business operations on Tuesday, Sept. 4.Water storage is available in both the Upper St. Johns River and Upper Ocklawaha River basins. Struc­tures, such as levees, locks, gated spillways and pump stations in the headwaters of the St. Johns River in Brevard and Indian River counties and in the Harris Chain of Lakes in Lake County are the only controls the district has of water levels. Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear Mama Mia Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 We sure don’t need the heavy rainfall, if these storms come this way! I am holding off on playing the Seminole Wind song, for now….lol Reply TAGSSt. Johns River Water Management DistrictTropical Wave Previous articleApopka Sports Hall of Fame awards scholarshipsNext articleLittle League lessons Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 1 COMMENT Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img

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