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City of Tallahassee, Leon Co. Update on Impacts from Tropical Storm Debby

By: City of Tallahassee Release
By: City of Tallahassee Release

Tallahassee, Florida - June 25, 2012 - 2:50pm -

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 the public 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

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Tallahassee, Florida - June 25, 2012 - 1:55pm -

Electric Utility

As of 1:30 p.m. the City has approximately 230 customers without electric service, typically in small groups of 5-10 customers scattered throughout the service area. Crews continue to respond and Electric Utility officials hope to have customers restored by later today. Customers still without power today are asked to report outages to City of Tallahassee Utilities at 891-4YOU (4968).

Sunday, power outages affected 14,550 City customers, including four circuits that were impacted by weather-related issues. Most customers had service restored by late Sunday night.

Public Works (including sandbag availability)
No City streets are currently closed due to flooding or downed trees. Overnight, City Public Works crews responded to 14 reports of downed trees; crews removed the trees from the road and are collecting debris today. Crews are also currently checking drainage systems to remove blockages.

For citizens wanting sandbags, the City is offering loose sand and bags at one City location – the Messer Field South parking lot along Jackson Bluff Road opposite the intersection with Dupree Street. Citizens must bring their own shovels and be prepared to fill bags themselves; customers are limited to 25 bags per household.

Airport
There were two cancelled flights yesterday at Tallahassee Regional Airport, along with several delays. While no flights have been cancelled today, additional delays have occurred. Passengers are reminded to contact their individual air carrier regarding flight schedules.

Solid Waste Services
Operating as normal today. Citizens are asked to place yard waste at the curb according to the City’s guidelines: grass clippings, leaves, pine straw and shrub trimmings, placed in heavy duty trash bags or small cardboard boxes; and small limbs, no larger than 6 feet long and four inches in diameter, placed in piles no higher than four feet. Larger items must be taken to the Leon County landfill on Apalachee Parkway; if citizens use private tree service companies, the company must remove larger items including major limbs and tree trunks.

Otherwise, City services are being maintained today on a normal schedule, including StarMetro transit services. The City’s Emergency Management team continues to monitor conditions and extra crews will remain on standby to respond as needed throughout this weather event.

Citizens are reminded not to drive on streets where water covers the surface. There could be deep water or potholes caused by the flooding. Police officers will issue citations to drivers ignoring road barricades. In addition, motorists are reminded to approach intersections where a traffic signal is not working as a four-way stop.


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