From the St. John’s River Water Management District

As Tropical Storm Dorian approaches Florida early next week, likely as a hurricane, the St. Johns River Water Management District reminds property owners to be prepared for the storm’s heavy rains by cleaning debris from storm drains and reporting clogged ditches to local governments in advance of the storm.

With the storm approaching and “king tides” predicted this weekend, the district urges property owners to take precautions and to prepare for the likelihood of significant flooding and other impacts. Homeowners can prepare their properties for heavy rains by:

  • Keeping debris out of storm drains and ditches,
  • Reporting clogged ditches to local governments,
  • Cleaning out gutters and extending downspouts at least four feet from structures, and
  • Building up the ground around the home to promote drainage away from the foundation.

Local governments are the primary entities responsible for emergency responses during storms, such as implementing state-of-emergency declarations, evacuations and rescue efforts during flood-related disasters. The district may assist local governments in their response and recovery efforts.

Through its permitting program, the district ensures that stormwater is managed on development sites and that new drainage ditches or significant changes to existing ditches are coordinated regionally. While the district and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection issue permits to install stormwater systems, it is generally the responsibility of the homeowners’ association or property owner to maintain those systems.

Here is a summary of the district’s current status of operations:

  • The district’s emergency operations team is closely monitoring the storm’s path and water levels so we can provide information to the public and be prepared to assist our local government partners and other regional and state agencies as needed.
  • All district offices are closed Monday for the Labor Day holiday. Depending on the storm’s impacts, further closures may be necessary and will be posted on the district’s website.
  • Ample water storage is available in Upper St. Johns River Basin and the Upper Ocklawaha River Basin. All district water control structures are in very good shape operationally.

Note that struc­tures, such as locks, spillways, pump stations, levees and canals, in the headwaters of the St. Johns River in Brevard and Indian River counties and in the Harris Chain of Lakes in Lake County are the district’s only structural controls of water levels.

While the Upper St. Johns River Basin Project reduces flooding in much of the upper St. Johns, it does not reduce flooding in the river’s middle basin in east-central Florida, including lakes Monroe and Harney, nor further downstream in the river’s lower basin in north Florida. This is because tributaries such as the Econlockhatchee River drain much more water to the middle St. Johns River than the amount that can be drained from the headwaters through the C-54 canal. Also, middle basin tributaries do not have comparable flood control facilities as are used in the upper basin.

Visit the district’s website at for information and links to flood statements and warnings, river stages, and local government emergency contacts.


About the St. Johns River Water Management District

St. Johns River Water Management District staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the district and the state of Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida managing groundwater and surface water supplies in the state. The district encompasses all or part of 18 northeast and east-central Florida counties. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff also are available to serve the public at service centers in Maitland, Jacksonville and Palm Bay.


  1. At the Hobby Lobby parking lot, the storm grates in the middle of the parking lot is almost up to the top of the grates, and the water is just standing there, as there is nowhere for the water to go, and the big old beautiful oak tree at the now closed down bank, which was once the Colonial Bank on the corner of 436 and Piedmont Road is swamped under water at the tree’s trunk base. In fact, the old oak sits in a hole, and is drowning. I don’t know if anyone even tends to that problem, and it could kill that pretty old oak. The pond there is almost over the sidewalk too. I know the city is pumping the pond out, but it is not enough, especially with the hurricane coming….OMG. I hope no one drives off that road into the pond during the hurricane’s downpours …DEADLY!

  2. They are indicating Hurricane Dorian could be a category 4 hurricane. I don’t know if they are over-stating the power of the hurricane to get everybody to prepare, or if it is actually going to be that dangerous. I know that most people were totally unprepared for Hurricane Andrew when that monster hit. It was unbelievable the damage! We are staying here at home, and praying that everyone is safe. Really, we don’t know exactly what to expect, even though we have been through so many hurricanes. God bless us all……….

  3. We went to 7-11 on RSR and they were out of gasoline. Tried 7-11 at Errol and the same. Went to Marathon in my car and had to get premium plus as the regular was out, but gassed up anyway. Took our truck later, and just happened to pull in at Votaw and Thompson, and the fuel truck was unloading, and we pulled in at 1:30 pm today, and was first in line, and the guy told us to give them 10 more minutes and we could fill up. So we did. They may still have gas, as I don’t know how long their underground tank’s fuel will last, but I would guess that they still have gas. They only had regular gas available. We had tried Wawa, but that was a nightmare and we left.

  4. The grocery stores were out of a lot of things I wanted. I got plenty of toilet paper and paper towels already, but I thought I would buy some Chef Boy Ardee beef-a-roni and canned ravoli, but they had wiped the shelves almost clean. I did get 4 cans. The bread shelf was wiped out, however I did manage to get two loafs of honey wheat loaf bread that was expensive, and I personally don’t really like honey wheat, but you gotta get whatever you can, during this survival grab. Got a big bag of buttered popcorn, I like popcorn, some beer nuts, and some beer, peanut butter, and some things that require refrigeration. Maybe, a week’s worth, but not much more than that. Soda, ice, Prince Giorgio’s vittles, cat food, and bird seed for my two white doves, and my husband’s cigarettes, which he has to have, if nothing else. Still managed to spend quite a lot, even though it doesn’t seem like I got much. I just couldn’t face the thoughts of more canned tuna fish. I bought a jar of southern style picked sausage, like my daddy and me used to eat when I was a kid. No refrigeration needed. I had not had any in ages, and I passed on the hot ones, because I really do not care for hot products, and so I opened the jar, and ate one and it was hot! Burned my throat, and I was kind of mad about that, and told my husband that he would have to eat them, as my throat can’t take them! Otherwise, they were good, like I remembered from my childhood. I did not buy any water, but filled up 5 gallon office cooler bottles of water, 3 of them. I guess if our home doesn’t blow away, or if we survive the winds, and don’t get killed, then I guess we will be alright. I don’t say that in jest either, as I am serious. It is in God’s hands, our futures.

  5. I see people are scooping up sand bags behind Kit Land Nelson Park in Edwards Field. If you need sand bags, go there. I didn’t see any announcements about it, but saw people filling them, as we drove by. Usually, when a bad storm is coming, we normally see white sea gulls flying around our home, but I have not seen them yet, but maybe they are still coming in a few days ahead of the storm. Be on the lookout for them.

  6. Prince Giorgio chewed up my new cell phone charger I bought for my car. He didn’t quite ruin it, it still charges, but he almost chewed it in two, had to electrical tape it back together. He also chewed my charger that plugs my laptop into the wall. I didn’t know he was on the other end chewing away. Had to buy another universal one, as he ruined mine. He is Prince Giorgio when he is good, and just George when he is bad…..LOL I bought a clipper set, and he now has a poodle cut with balls on his feet, shaved middle legs, and a close shaved neck, with a V close cut on his chest, like a V neck tuxedo. I kind of wanted to cut his fur like Elvira’s poodle, Gonk. I didn’t like the look of the top of Gonk’s head, however. I cut Giorgio’s like a dutch boy with bangs, and a roundish cut tam on his top knot. He looks like a little lamb or sheep to me…LOL He loves everybody, and I mean everybody!

  7. You know, I try to keep my anti-Trump thoughts to a minimum, posting here, but these latest 3 Twitter tweets by Trump directed at Puerto Rico, and the mayor at one of the city’s there in Puerto Rico, is absolutely ridiculous, and shows his true character, considering the people were bracing for another hurricane, and he wanted to put down the leaders there. You can read them yourself by googling Trump’s tweets about the Puerto Rican hurricane, etc. He says, WOW, more storms over Puerto Rico, how many more?…..that Puerto Rico has corrupt, and crooked politicians, and that the 92 billion the island has received is going to the crooked corrupt politicians, and that the lady mayor there is not capable.. he uses another word, sorry can’t seem to spell it out correctly here posting, so I won’t try, but he, of all people, is the pot calling the kettle names, just look at his administration! Who is he to call other politicians, corrupt and crooked????????? IMPEACH TRUMP NOW!

  8. I never did find out where Hurricane Chantel went. The next thing I knew was Dorian was coming. The only woman I ever knew named Dorian, was the character, on the soap opera, Dorian Lord. She was a sort of villain on that soap opera, so I hope Hurricane Dorian won’t follow Dorian Lord’s ways…

  9. The good news is I don’t have to worry about refrigerating my insulin pens during the hurricane, if the power goes out, but the bad news is I haven’t had any insulin in months and months now, because I don’t have any health insurance. It is extremely costly to pay for a doctor visit, lab work, and then the huge insulin costs. I suppose if I had Type 1 diabetes, instead of Type 2, I would already be dead. I never thought I would be so happy to be getting older, but I am looking forward to getting older, so that I can get Medicare, and have some health insurance. Isn’t that ironic? 15 months to go, and counting, hoping, and praying….. And at the Veterans Administration Hospital, I saw on tv, that they gave some veterans there injections of insulin that killed several patients, that didn’t even need insulin, and they didn’t even have diabetes! Poor patients! Literally killed them off, when their blood- sugar level plummeted way too low!!!


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