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Warning About Possible Flooding
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Clay County Emergency Management
PRESS RELEASE
August 21, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
John Ward- 904-284-7703 Clay County Emergency Management notification of possible urban flooding

The National Weather Service Office in Jacksonville has issued a FLOOD WATCH for all of Northeast Florida, which includes Clay County, today, Tuesday, August 21, through this evening. The current stationary frontal boundary over central Georgia is likely to generate another round of widespread heavy showers and thunderstorms from late morning through the afternoon hours today.

Localized rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches this afternoon over already-saturated ground conditions will create the potential for flooding, with flash flooding possible in urban and low-laying areas where excessive rainfall occurs. Rainfall within the past 24 hours has already caused some short-term street flooding that has threatened some homes. Clay County residents should continue to monitor weather conditions and later forecasts today, and be alert for possible flood or flash flood warnings over the next 24 to 48 hours. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Sandbags available – Clay County residents may come to any of the following locations to obtain and fill sandbags at no charge: (All sandbag sites are “self-serve”.)

Green Cove Springs – Fire Station 20
303 S. Oakridge Avenue

Fleming Island - Fire Station 22
5995 Pine Avenue

Middleburg - Fire Station 14
4003 Everett Avenue

Residents of the Town of Orange Park may obtain and fill sandbags at no charge at:
Orange Park Town Hall (South parking lot near Stowe Avenue)
2042 Park Avenue

If any residents of Clay County experience water in their home and flood damage, please report this information to Clay County Emergency Management, at 904-284-7703.

Safety Message:
• Do not drive through a flooded area. If you come upon a flooded area, turn around and go another way.
• Do not walk through a flooded area. As little as six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet.
• Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires. Electric current passes easily through water.
• Look out for animals – especially snakes. Animals lose their homes in floods, too, and they may seek shelter in yours.

Further information will be communicated as it develops to the local media and posted on Clay County’s website at www.claycountygov.com
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