Leon County: Flash Flood Watch- Sandbags Available from City to Help Fight Floodwaters

By: Leon County Board of County Commissioners Release Email
By: Leon County Board of County Commissioners Release Email

Tallahassee, Florida -June 25, 2012-

Leon County Emergency Management is continuing to closely monitor the current weather situation related to Tropical Storm Debby and notes that continued heavy rainfall is expected over the next few days. A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for Southern Leon County until 4:45 p.m. Also, a Flash Flood Watch, in effect through Tuesday morning, and a Hazardous Weather Outlook have been issued for Leon County. Residents living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

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.

Leon County Emergency Management and Leon County Public Works announce that sandbagging operations have begun. Sandbags are available to thepublic at the following location (limit 20 bags):

● Apalachee Regional Park (in front of the Solid Waste Management
Facility), 7550 Apalachee Parkway

This location 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 the site to assist residents as they prepare their homes and/or property for potential flooding.

The City of Tallahassee will also be providing sandbags to residents.
Residents must bring their own shovels and be prepared to load sand into bags themselves. A 25-bag limit will apply at the City location. The City's sandbag distribution will be at:

● Messer Field South parking lot along Jackson Bluff Road; opposite
the intersection with Dupree Street

Leon County Emergency Management is advising 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. 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. Families are also
encouraged to have an emergency preparedness plan. For assistance with planning, log on to www.HaveAHurricanePlan.com . 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

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