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[UPDATE] Wakulla Casts Weary Eyes Towards Isaac- No Mandatory Evacuations

By: Wakulla County Division of Emergency Management Release, Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners Release; Wakulla County Sheriff's Office Release Email
By: Wakulla County Division of Emergency Management Release, Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners Release; Wakulla County Sheriff's Office Release Email

HURRICANE ISAAC UPDATE 8-28-12

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management monitored Tropical Storm Isaac overnight as Wakulla County experienced minor flooding at four locations along the coast.

Wakulla County had three businesses impacted by minor flooding in St. Marks. One abandoned home on Live Oak Island received minor flooding and one home was threatened with minor flooding to the carport garage on Live Oak Island.

Overall, the county experienced road flooding in the normal places: Riverside Drive and Old Fort Road in St. Marks; West Point Drive on Live Oak Island; Bottoms Road in Panacea; and Mashes Sands Road at Blue Crab Lane in Ochlockonee Bay.

There were zero calls to WCSO Dispatch overnight related to downed trees and storm surge was similar to what was predicted by the National Weather Service.

The water has receded at this point, however Emergency Management anticipates another peak around noon today with high tide. The expectation is that it could be six inches higher during this cycle. If this holds true, we do not anticipate any new impacts. This level appears to be less than the figures we experienced in T.S. Debby in June.

Citizens are asked to continue to monitor storm surge along the coast and take steps to protect property. Elsewhere, the potential for flooding on the rivers is reduced as flood watches have been cancelled for the Sopchoppy, Ochlockonee and Aucilla rivers.

Wakulla schools are in session today. The Crawfordville Elementary School shelter was placed on standby on Monday. A shelter was opened in Liberty County to handle potential evacuation from Franklin County.

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[UPDATE] Wakulla County, Florida- August 27, 2012

The National Weather Service revised and lowered the storm tide forecast to three to five feet and the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management has decided NOT to order a mandatory evacuation for areas of the county south of U.S. Highway 98 and U.S. Highway 319.

Original projections of storm surge from Tropical Storm Isaac had higher estimations along the coast. Emergency Management Director Scott Nelson said the storm surge will continue to be monitored closely.

Crawfordville Elementary School will open as a shelter at 2 p.m. today in the event that anyone from Wakulla or Franklin counties needs a place to go. Franklin County remains in the tropical storm winds model and does not have a shelter. The Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross manages the shelter.

“Citizens should monitor the storm and be prepared to evacuate if conditions change,” said Director Nelson. “This is certainly good news for the county.”

There are no Wakulla County office closures. Rain and wind are still expected to be weather factors however the threat from wind, flooding, storm surge and tornadoes has been reduced.

Wakulla County provided WCSO inmates with four truck loads of sand to fill sand bags and three of the four truck loads have already been converted to sand bags by inmates working through the weekend.
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Wakulla County, Florida- August 25, 2012

The Wakulla County Sheriff's Office Division of Emergency Management reminds residents that Tropical Storm Isaac has the potential for damaging storm surge. Residents along the coast should continue to monitor calls for evacuation as the storm draws closer to the county.

Inland flooding could also become a problem as rain projections could be as much as 15 inches or more. Strong winds and power outages are also anticipated. Please continue to take steps to protect your family and your home and check for future updates.

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Wakulla County, Florida- August 24, 2012

At this point the forecast is still uncertain; however, Wakulla County is alert and taking proactive steps. Wakulla County BOCC Offices will be open on Monday (borrowing unforeseen circumstances) as we continue to monitor this storm. We are expecting storm surge, rainfall, trees down, and power outages; therefore, here is some important information to remember during and after the storm:

Emergencies:
· Any sort of emergency please call the Sheriff’s Office 745-7100

Downed Trees:
· On County Property- Call Public Works 926-7616
· On Private Property- Resident’s Responsibility
o IF POWER LINES ARE INVOLVED CALL POWER COMPANY FIRST

Sink Holes:
· Endangering Home- Call Sheriff’s Office 745-7100
· On County Roads/Property- Call Public Works 926-7616
· On Private Property- Resident’s Responsibility (recommend calling insurance company)

Road Issues:
· County Maintained Roads- Call Public Works 926-7616
· Private Roads- Resident’s / HOA Responsibility

Culvert Issues:
· County Maintained Roads- Call Public Works 926-7616
· Private Roads- Resident’s Responsibility

Street Sign Missing:
· Call Public Works- 926-7616

Debris Removal:
· Debris can be taken to Lower Bridge Landfill
o Cost - $75 per ton
o Do NOT mix household garbage in with debris
o Call Waste Pro for bulk waste pickup 926-7010 (Bulk waste in excess of 2 cubic yards will be charged $25 per cubic yard)

It’s imperative that everyone pay attention to news and weather alerts, as well as evacuation announcements.
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Wakulla County, Florida- August 24, 2012

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management continues to monitor the potential impact of Tropical Storm Isaac on the coastal county.

It is important for residents to understand that the predicted path of the storm could impact the county, said Emergency Management Director Scott Nelson. While the early projections have the storm becoming a hurricane and making landfall in western Florida, the possibility exists that the path of the storm could change direction.

“It is important that residents have a plan for the potential impacts of Isaac,” said Nelson. “We want residents to begin preparing for the potential of a landfall near Wakulla. We have no current plans for evacuations at this time. However, we need citizens to be prepared to evacuate if told to do so.”

Emergency Management has been monitoring the water level on the St. Marks River and Sopchoppy River for potential flooding during the week leading up to preparing for Isaac. With large quantities of rain, the upper St. Marks River area is near flood stage.

Emergency Management and county staff have been meeting during the week to discuss the county’s preparedness plan. Equipment and materials are ready to be deployed.

Wakulla County has been monitoring state conference calls with Emergency Management officials, Gov. Rick Scott and other E.M. Directors from South Florida.

“With all of the rain we have already received we have concerns about ground saturation and tree root failure in the event that Isaac drops more rain in the county,” said Director Nelson. “It is important that everyone have a storm readiness plan just in case Isaac makes landfall near Wakulla County.”


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