Written by Keith Blackmar, Public Information Officer, WCSO Monday, 09 July 2012 09:48
Three weeks after Tropical Storm Debby dumped more than two feet of rain on Wakulla County most of the flood waters have receded.But there are still roads that have water on them, most notable Woodland Drive and Carraway Cutoff.
Both roads have alternate access for residents to reach their homes. St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge opened another access point for residents using Carraway Cutoff and a private property owner gave access to residents in the Woodland Drive area to avoid the flooded roadway.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and State Emergency Response Team (SERT) Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) remains open in Crawfordville at the Wakulla County Extension Office on Cedar Avenue. A number of agencies have representatives at the center to assist residents who have experienced losses due to the storm.
The Wakulla County Health Department has been spraying for mosquitoes and the county has been working with Waste Pro to address debris concerns. An early damage assessment for Public Assistance is $13 million. As of Monday, July 9 at 10 a.m. no federal disaster declaration had been made for Public Assistance.
General Weather Forecast
Today: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2 pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93 degrees. Light west wind becoming southwest 5 to10 mph in the morning.
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8 pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light west after midnight.
The floodwater has receded over much of the county. Pooled water still exists in many locations, no new homes are impacted. Many private drives and roadways still impacted leaving some homes inaccessible.
Smith Creek Rd. @ Syfrette Creek Bridge
Surf Road @ Buckhorn Creek
Surf Road at Pelican Drive and Silver Acres
Bostic Pelt Road
Wakulla County Administration:
Emergency Declaration remains in effect and has been extended
Assisting with Debris Planning
Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Emergency Management:
Distribution of state-provided bottled water and shelf-stable meals.
Assisting with Volunteer efforts
Assisting with Debris Planning
Coordinating the opening of the Disaster Recovery Center
Supporting the recovery effort
Wakulla Public Works Office:
Developing Debris plans
Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office:
Providing security and traffic control points as needed
Wakulla County Department of Health:
Monitoring environmental health needs (well-water quality, septic systems, and mosquitoes).
Mosquito spraying in flooded areas (926-0410)
Wakulla County Fire:
Wakulla County Extension Office:
Providing DRC facility
Normal operations, alternate response routes for some locations
American Red Cross:
An ERV has been stationed at the DRC
Fixed feeding operations: In Panacea and Sopchoppy as needed
Managing volunteers and donations.
Coordinating Big Bend COAD member activities
Assisting in the management of volunteers and donations
State of Florida Status:
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is currently at a level 2 Partial activation. Governor’s Executive Order #12-140 declaring a State of Emergency is in effect.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR ASSISTANCE:
General Assistance: Wakulla County Division of Emergency Management; (850)745-7100
Mosquito Control: Wakulla County Health Department; 850-926-0410
American Red Cross: 850-878-6080
FEMA Assistance: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
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