City Preparing For Heavy Rainfall Over Weekend

By: City of Tallahassee Email
By: City of Tallahassee Email
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Press Release: Leon County Emergency Management

Leon County Emergency Management continues to closely monitor the current weather situation related to potential severe weather including thunderstorms and flooding.

As a result, Leon County Emergency Management and Leon County Public Works have made sandbag operations available for residents to
use. Sandbags should be available by 1 p.m. to the public at the following locations:

-Tekesta Park, at Tekesta Drive and Deer Lake Road in Killearn Lakes
-Apalachee Regional Park (Landfill), 7550 Apalachee Parkway
-J. Lee Vause Park, 6024 Old Bainbridge Road
-Ranchero Road at Oak Ridge Road (Southside location)

These locations will not be staffed and residents will need to bring their own shovel. Sand, bags and ties will be available for public use. Residents are asked to abide by the “honor system” and take no more than 20 bags.

Property owners who have experienced flooding problems in the past can use sandbags to help protect stormwater from entering their property. A flyer describing the most effective placement of sandbags will also be available at most sites to assist residents as they prepare their homes and/or property for potential flooding.

Leon County Emergency Management advises that residents should monitor the latest forecasts and be prepared to take the necessary precautions to protect life and property. Drivers should use caution and adhere to any official signage.

Updates on official road closures can be found at the Leon County Emergency Information Portal (EIP) at Any and all flood water should be considered to be contaminated. Do not allow children to play in, wade through or swim in flood water.

The National Weather Service also warns that residents should not drive cars through flooded areas and that if they see flood waters to turn around and find another route. Residents are also encouraged not to attempt to walk through floodwaters. The most current road condition information is available on the Leon County EIP at

Residents requiring more information or assistance should call Leon County Emergency Management at (850) 488-5921. Additionally, residents can sign up for emergency alerts at the Leon County website at .

Press Release: City of Tallahassee

The City of Tallahassee's Emergency Management Team is closely monitoring the current weather situation, and City departments are preparing to respond as needed. The forecast calls for the potential for heavy rainfall in our area through Sunday night.

To assist citizens in preparing, the City of Tallahassee is opening two locations where the public may obtain sand and bags. Citizens will need to bring their own shovels and be prepared to fill bags themselves. Bags and sand will be available starting at noon today, August 16, at the following locations:

· Messer Field South Softball Complex parking lot, located on the south side of Jackson Bluff Road between Appleyard Drive and Dupree Street.
· Winthrop Park parking lot, located on the east side of Mitchell Avenue between Betton Road and Seventh Avenue.

There is a 25 bag limit per household. City crews will monitor the sites and provide additional sand and bags as needed. The site will be open until the storm has passed and it is determined there is no longer a need.

To prepare for and help mitigate potential flooding in areas historically prone to flooding, crews have checked known drainage trouble spots for blockages and cleared obstructions. Barricades are loaded and ready to be staged, if needed, at city streets prone to flooding, so emergency crews can block off roads quickly if necessary.

A word of caution to motorists who must be on the road during heavy rain - do not drive on streets where water covers the surface. There could be deep water or potholes caused by the flooding. Please obey all barricades and emergency crew directions. Also, if a traffic light is out, drivers should treat the intersection as a four-way stop.

The City is monitoring water levels at Lake Talquin. The lake is currently below its normal level and is expected to continue to fall to allow the Corn Hydro Electric Generating facility to minimize the impact from the heavy local rains. Staff continues to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary.

With the forecast of heavy rain expected to last throughout the weekend, the City's Electric Utility, Underground Utilities and Public Works departments have placed extra crews on call to assist with storm response efforts as necessary.

The City's Emergency Management Team will continue to monitor the storm system and work with other local response agencies as needed. For now, all City services remain intact and on schedule.

For storm response updates throughout the weekend, please follow COTNews and COTTraffic on Twitter.

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