Tropics I WCTV Eyewitness News: Tallahassee, Thomasville, Valdosta

[UPDATE] Tropical Storm Debby Recovery Efforts in Wakulla County

By: Release
By: Release

July 9, 2012- 5:00 pm

Wakulla County has been approved for Public Assistance resulting from Tropical Storm Debby. County staff will be communicating with the State and FEMA to assist with coordination of this project. Through the Public Assistance Program, FEMA provides supplemental Federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly-owned facilities. Additional information will be forthcoming as this project continues.
_________________________________________

July 9, 2012- 4:00 pm

The Board of County Commissioners of Wakulla County, Florida, announces an Emergency Public Meeting regarding response from Tropical Storm Debby. Such Emergency Public Meeting has been called by the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners. The special public meeting will be held at 4:00p.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at the Wakulla County Community Center, 318 Shadeville Highway, Crawfordville, FL. All interested parties are invited to attend the special meeting.

A complete copy of the agenda will be available in the County Commissioners Administration Office at 3093 Crawfordville Highway, Crawfordville, FL 32327, Phone (850) 926-0919. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Taff at (850) 926-0919 or ktaff@mywakulla.com

If a person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at the meeting, he or she will need a record of the proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings are available, which records includes the testimony and evidence upon which appeal is to be based.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing special accommodations or an interpreter to participate in this meeting should contact the Board of County Commissioners Administration Office at 3093 Crawfordville Highway, Crawfordville, FL 32327, Phone (850) 926-0919, at least five (5) days prior to the hearing.
___________________________________________________

July 9, 2012-

TROPICAL STORM DEBBY UPDATE

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.

Local Impacts:
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.

Road Closures:

- Smith Creek Rd. @ Syfrette Creek Bridge
- Surf Road @ Buckhorn Creek

-Surf Road at Pelican Drive and Silver Acres
- Bostic Pelt Road

- Woodland Drive

Agency-specific Actions:

A. Wakulla County Administration:

§ Emergency Declaration remains in effect and has been extended.

§ Assisting with Debris Planning

B. Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Emergency Management:

Distribution of state-provided bottled water and shelf-stable meals.

EOC operations:

Assisting with Volunteer efforts
Assisting with Debris Planning
Coordinating the opening of the Disaster Recovery Center
Supporting the recovery effort

C. Wakulla Public Works Office:

§ Road repairs

§ Developing Debris plans

D. Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office:

§ Providing security and traffic control points as needed

E. Wakulla County Department of Health:

§ Monitoring environmental health needs (well-water quality, septic systems, and mosquitoes).
§ Mosquito spraying in flooded areas (926-0410)

F. Wakulla County Fire

§ Normal operations

G. Wakulla County Extension Office

§ Providing DRC facility

H. Wakulla EMS

§ Normal operations, alternate response routes for some locations.

I. American Red Cross

§ An ERV has been stationed at the DRC

§ Staffing DRC

J. Salvation Army

§ Fixed feeding operations: In Panacea and Sopchoppy as needed

K. Volunteer Wakulla

§ Managing volunteers and donations.

§ Coordinating Big Bend COAD member activities.

L. Volunteer Leon

§ 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.

III. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR ASSISTANCE:

General Assistance

Wakulla County Division of Emergency Management: (850) 745-7100

Mosquito Control and Wakulla County Health Department :
(850) 926-0410

American Red Cross: 878-6080

FEMA Assistance: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
______________________________________________________

July 9, 2012-

Red Cross Continues To Help Wakulla County Disaster Victims

As of last night, the American Red Cross Capital Area Chapter continues to provide much needed disaster relief in Wakulla County. With the assistance of over 100 volunteers Red Cross has been able to provide:

· 19,959 Meals and Snacks Served

· 258 Clean-Up Kits distributed

· 1,662 Comfort Kits distributed

· 1,772 Bulk Items distributed such as tarps and bags

· 93 Mental Health Services Contacts

· 104Health Services Contacts

· 143 Families contacted with referrals to community resources and casework.

Red Cross will continue our disaster relief efforts with client casework in the field and through the Disaster Recovery Center with distribution of needed supplies.

People can help those affected by Tropical Storm Debby by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Consider making a donation today by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The Capital Area Chapter is accepting donations on their website: www.tallyredcross.org. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter, 1115 Easterwood Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32311. Contributions enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.
___________________________

July 5, 2012-

The American Red Cross Capital Area Chapter will help staff the Disaster Recovery Center that opened today at noon at the Wakulla Agriculture Center at 84 Cedar Avenue, Crawfordville. Hours of operation are 8am to 6pm.

Red Cross volunteers and an Emergency Response Vehicle will provide case management outreach and the distribution of food, clean-up kits and bulk supplies to help meet the immediate needs of flood stricken disaster victims.

"Our volunteers have been extraordinary. They continue to show that Passion for Compassion to serve tirelessly to those in need" said Dan Samborn, CEO of the Capital Area Chapter.

People can help those affected by Tropical Storm Debby by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Consider making a donation today by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The Capital Area Chapter is accepting donations on their website: www.tallyredcross.org. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter, 1115 Easterwood Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32311. Contributions enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.
_________________________________

July 5, 2012-

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and State Emergency Response Team (SERT) Disaster Response Center (DRC) opened at the Wakulla County Extension Office at 84 Cedar Avenue in Crawfordville Thursday, July 5.

The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until further notice. Residents with damage from Tropical Storm Debby are asked to contact the FEMA hotline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to register for assistance. Officials at the center recommend residents call the 800 number first to become registered, but it isn’t required. Residents can also make the call from the DRC phone line.

Agencies represented at the extension center include: FEMA, Florida SERT, Department of Children and Families, U.S. Small Business Administration, FEMA mitigation, state mitigation, Red Cross, Catholic Charities and the Department of Economic Opportunity-Workforce Plus. Since there are a number of agencies at the Ag Center, some of the agencies are located inside the building and some are in the multi-purpose arena.

The DRC is part of the federal disaster declaration from President Obama for Individual Assistance. Wakulla County is also anticipating a declaration for Public Assistance for infrastructure losses and other governmental expenses within the week.

Residents who have had damage from Tropical Storm Debby and can benefit from Samaritan’s Purse services with debris and muck out are invited to call 2-1-1 or drop by the Lake Ellen Baptist Church between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Samaritan’s staff is seeking additional assistance assignments. If there are no additional assignments for Wakulla County residents, Samaritan’s Purse will pull out of the community and offer assistance in other hard hit communities. It is critical to either call now or drop by the church before the crews leave the county.

TROPICAL STORM DEBBY UPDATE 7-5-12

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEAM) Community relations Team is touring the county going door to door in areas hard hit by Tropical Storm Debby. The team registered a number of people in the Sopchoppy area during the Fourth of July celebration.

Electrical power has been returned to everyone who can safely receive power. The flood water levels continue to decrease.

Wakulla County is still waiting on a Public Assistance (PA) declaration from President Obama for reimbursement of costs for infrastructure losses and other expenses related to Tropical Storm Debby. The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will be opening soon. An update will be sent when the PA declaration is granted and the DRC opens.

Dangerously hot conditions are forecast today. Individuals who are doing a lot of physical activity, such as flood cleanup, need to stay well hydrated and watch for signs of heat exhaustion. The chance of rain this afternoon is 40 percent.

ROAD CLOSURES DUE TO INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES

- Smith Creek Rd @Syfrette Creek Bridge
- Surf Road @ Buckhorn Creek
- Bostic Pelt Road

ROAD CLOSURES DUE TO FLOODING

- Otter Lake Road at Westview Street in Panacea

- Woodland Drive in Crawfordville

-Wakulla County Public Works continues to repair roads and provide pump-out operations where hydrologists identify a positive outcome from pumping operations.

- The American Red Cross continues to perform case work in the impacted areas.

- A Federal Declaration has been declared for Wakulla County. Citizens impacted by Tropical Storm Debby are encouraged to call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to begin the claims process.

_________________________________

July 4, 2012 -

The floodwaters along the creeks and rivers have fallen. Flood waters from sinkholes are also falling and Woodland Drive is witnessing a reduction in the flooding. Flood waters are only on a small portion of U.S. Highway 98 near the Wildwood Country Club.

The damage assessment includes: 418 homes; $9.09 million in damages; 271 homes affected in some way; 41 with minor damage; 64 with major damage and 42 destroyed.

A federal declaration (Individual Assistance) has been declared for Wakulla County. Citizens impacted by Tropical Storm Debby are encouraged to call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to begin the claims process. Wakulla County is still waiting for a FEMA declaration for Public Assistance to make infrastructure repairs and pay for other governmental costs.

___________________________

July 3, 2012 -

Wakulla County continues to wait for a federal disaster declaration in an attempt to get individual assistance to homeowners and public assistance for the county expenses involved with Tropical Storm Debby.

Woodland Drive in Crawfordville continues to have water over it. It appears that the water level is beginning to crest. There are a few homes impacted by the water on the road although the homeowners have access to the area through private property. The Crawfordville Elementary School Shelter remains on standby in the event that any of the individuals want a place to stay.

U.S. Highway 98 still has water over one lane although the flagmen controlling the one lane road have departed and cones have been set up to create a two lane road near the Fair Way subdivision. The residents of Fair Way subdivision have received electrical power after the county’s public works department worked to get water away from a transformer that had been inundated by rain. Fair Way has underground utilities.

Flood water is still an issue for Otter Lake Road and Westview and Decatur Road in Panacea. The St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge opened up an alternate route for residents who use Carraway Cutoff which has flooding issues as well.

The Highway 375 bridge at Syfrette Creek remains closed. The Sopchoppy River bridges have reopened following engineering inspections. Surf Road at Buckhorn Creek and Bostic Pelt Road remain closed due to road infrastructure issues created by the storm.

Individual assistance is available to residents through non-profit organizations such as the Red Cross. Wakulla County is waiting for federal decorations and FEMA setting up a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). The DRC will be a one stop location where residents who need assistance can meet with federal agencies to begin the process.

Dangerously hot weather conditions are expected today. Those who are doing a lot of physical activity, such as flood cleanup, need to stay well hydrated and watch for signs of heat exhaustion. There is a 30 percent chance of rain this afternoon.

The floodwaters along the rivers and creeks have fallen. Areas along the Sopchoppy and upper St. Marks rivers are now accessible. The ponding of water from random sinkholes seems to have stabilized in the southern portion of the county. Water continues to rise in the Woodland Drive area; however, the rate of rise has slowed over the last 24 hours to a rate of 1.5 inches of rise per day.

Additional rainfall is anticipated over the next several days, increasing the time it will take for flood waters to recede.

REPLACEMENT OF FOOD ASSISTANCE

Families and individuals who experience food loss due to flooding or power outages caused by Tropical Storm Debby may receive replacement of food assistance benefits for the value of the food loss. Households can report the food loss or request replacement of their benefits by completing a form on the Department of Children and Families web site or by providing a written statement with the same information as the state form. For more information and to download the form, visit the Department of Children and Families web site at http://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/.

Citizens needing volunteer assistance for tree removal, roof repair, muck outs, etc. may call 2-1-1 to have this assigned to the appropriate volunteer organization.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WCTV 1801 Halstead Blvd. Tallahassee, FL 32309
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 161245405