District reassures residents region is prepared for Hurricane Irma

first_img Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Harris Bayou and Apopka Dam opened Wednesday morningThe St. Johns River Water Management District is making preparations for Hurricane Irma. As in years past, the district’s flood control systems are prepared for a deluge, but there are limitations.“Safety is our number one concern, and we encourage everyone to ensure the safety of their families and properties, first and foremost,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “We have already begun preparing for this storm and are focused on working with our local governments to coordinate preparations.”The district has opened flood-control structures in the Upper Ocklawaha River Basin to create additional capacity. Structures that are currently open are the Nutrient Reduction Facility near the Apopka-Beauclair Lock and Dam and the Burrell Dam. Opened this morning are the Harris Bayou and Apopka Dam, with plans to allow flows through the Moss Bluff Dam in the next few days. Similarly, the Upper St. Johns River Basin Project has opened gate structures to allow water to flow north, increasing water storage capacity.The district’s experienced staff participates in statewide disaster preparedness training with Florida’s emergency officials. The agency has also weathered many hurricanes and tropical storms, assisting local governments and communities in the aftermath of devastating storms, most recently Hurricane Mathew in October 2016. A list of local government flooding contacts is available on the district’s website at www.sjrwmd.com/localgovernment/flooding.Visit the district’s webpage at www.sjrwmd.com/storm for more information on hurricane and flooding information.About the St. Johns River Water Management DistrictSt. 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.Connect with us on Twitter at @SJRWMD, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. For more information about the district, please visit www.sjrwmd.com. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSHurricane IrmaSt. Johns River Water Management District Previous articleAAA: Use extreme caution when driving in a major stormNext articleTraffic Alert: Turnpike restrictions announced by FHP Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 last_img

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