Prepare now for tropical storms and hurricanes
PALATKA – With tropical storm Erika brewing in the Caribbean, now is the time to prepare your home for potential high winds and heavy rain. Following these few simple tips can help protect your property:
Remove debris from storm drains and ditches
Report clogged ditches to local governments
Clean out gutters and extend downspouts at least four feet from structures
Build up the ground around the home to promote drainage away from the foundation
The St. Johns River Water Management District's website provides additional tips and easy access to valuable information to assist the public before, during and after severe storm events. The District's web pages (floridaswater.com/storm) include links to flood statements and warnings, river stage and flooding data, and local government emergency contacts. Links to the National Weather Service, Florida Division of Emergency Management and the U.S. Geological Survey's interactive map of current conditions in the state are also available via the website.
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. In the event of a tropical storm or hurricane, the District assists local governments by issuing emergency orders that allow for the pumping of water to alleviate flooding when public health and safety are at risk.