City Preparing for Heavy Rainfall Over Weekend
Sandbags at Messer South & Winthrop Park
August 16, 2013
The City of Tallahassee's Emergency Management Team is closely monitoring the current weather situation, and City departments are preparing to respond as needed. The forecast calls for the potential for heavy rainfall in our area through Sunday night.
To assist citizens in preparing, the City of Tallahassee is opening two locations where the public may obtain sand and bags. Citizens will need to bring their own shovels and be prepared to fill bags themselves. Bags and sand will be available starting at noon today, August 16, at the following locations:
Messer Field South Softball Complex parking lot, located on the south side of Jackson Bluff Road between Appleyard Drive and Dupree Street.
Winthrop Park parking lot, located on the east side of Mitchell Avenue between Betton Road and Seventh Avenue.
There is a 25 bag limit per household. City crews will monitor the sites and provide additional sand and bags as needed. The site will be open until the storm has passed and it is determined there is no longer a need.
To prepare for and help mitigate potential flooding in areas historically prone to flooding, crews have checked known drainage trouble spots for blockages and cleared obstructions. Barricades are loaded and ready to be staged, if needed, at city streets prone to flooding, so emergency crews can block off roads quickly if necessary.
A word of caution to motorists who must be on the road during heavy rain - do not drive on streets where water covers the surface. There could be deep water or potholes caused by the flooding. Please obey all barricades and emergency crew directions. Also, if a traffic light is out, drivers should treat the intersection as a four-way stop.
The City is monitoring water levels at Lake Talquin. The lake is currently below its normal level and is expected to continue to fall to allow the Corn Hydro Electric Generating facility to minimize the impact from the heavy local rains. Staff continues to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary.
With the forecast of heavy rain expected to last throughout the weekend, the City's Electric Utility, Underground Utilities and Public Works departments have placed extra crews on call to assist with storm response efforts as necessary.
The City's Emergency Management Team will continue to monitor the storm system and work with other local response agencies as needed. For now, all City services remain intact and on schedule.
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Lizzy Kelley, Communications Department, 891-8533