UPDATE: County Responds to Severe Weather, Announces Sandbag Locations

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Leon County News Release

Officials encourage use of Leon County’s Emergency Information Portal and Emergency Alerts Leon County Emergency Management continues to closely monitor the current weather situation related to 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 4:30 p.m. to the public at the following locations:

  • J. Lee Vause Park, 6024 Old Bainbridge Road
  • Tekesta Park, at Tekesta Drive and Deer Lake Road in Killearn Lakes
  • 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 www.LeonCountyFL.gov/ei/ . 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 www.LeonCountyFL.gov/ei/.

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 www.LeonCountyFL.gov .

For more information regarding signing up for emergency alerts or using the Emergency Information Portal (EIP), please contact Leon County Community and Media Relations at (850) 606-5300 or cmr@LeonCountyFL.gov .

City of Tallahassee Release

City Offering Sand and Bags
Lake Levels Being Monitored

In response to and anticipation of more heavy rainfall, the City of Tallahassee is opening a location where citizens may obtain sand and sandbags. Citizens will need to bring their own shovels and be prepared to fill bags themselves. Bags and sand will be available at 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Messer Field South Softball Complex on the south side of Jackson Bluff Road between Appleyard Drive and Dupree Street. There is a 25 bag limit per household. City crews will monitor the sites and provide additional sand and bags as needed.

The City is also monitoring water levels at Lake Talquin. As of 8 a.m., the lake was still roughly one foot below its normal level. The lake level is expected to continue to fall to 1.5 – 2 feet below normal level. This action will allow the Corn Hydro Electric Generating facility to minimize the impact from the heavy local rains and the upstream peak flow yet to arrive to the lake. Staff continues to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary.

The City's Emergency Management Team continues monitoring the storm system. Crews from departments are reviewing supply checklists in anticipation of response and recovery efforts, if needed. For now, all City services remain intact and on schedule.

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