From the St. John's River Water Management District
As Hurricane Irma approaches Florida this weekend, the St. Johns River Water Management District reminds property owners to be prepared for heavy rains by cleaning debris from storm drains and reporting clogged ditches to local governments in advance of the storm. The public also is encouraged to bookmark flooding information, water levels and other resources found on the district’s website at www.sjrwmd.com/localgovernments/flooding/.
“Prepare now for the effects of Hurricane Irma and make good decisions for your family’s safety,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “As you do, our website is an excellent resource for information and links to flood statements and warnings, river stages, and local government emergency contacts. Meantime, district staff stand ready to assist each other and are prepared to assist our local government partners and other regional and state agencies as needed.”
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 recovery efforts .
With the storm quickly approaching, 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:
Here is a summary of the district’s current status: