|TROPICAL STORM DEBBY UPDATE 6-27-12|
TROPICAL STORM DEBBY UPDATE 6-27-12
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management geared down from full Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activation to a partial activation Wednesday, June 27 as calls for rescues dwindled following Tropical Storm Debby. T.S. Debby began dropping rain on Wakulla County on Sunday, June 24 and the rains finally ceased during the day on Tuesday, June 26. The rainfall was estimated at 30 inches.
Flood waters are beginning to appear on county roadways in new places where sinkholes are full or wooded areas can no longer contain the water. Sinkhole “ponding” is forcing flood water to run backwards and waters from Lost Creek, Swirl Sink and Lost Creek Sink south of Crawfordville have pushed water back toward Gulf Coast Lumber which is now threatened with flooding.
Flatwoods draining has created a new hazard on Rehwinkel Road where overnight a section of the road that was completely dry Tuesday night flooded early Wednesday. Residents should be prepared for the potential of water overflowing sinkholes if they have sinks near or on their property as well as draining of saturated wooded areas.
WCSO Emergency Management is asking residents who have experienced flooding on their property to contact the sheriff’s office at 745-7100 so that the flooding can be documented. Residents should contact their insurance company as well. There is no public assistance available yet but the WCSO wants to document the damage in the event that public assistance becomes available.
The Army National Guard was released from duty today along with the FWC. The FWC conducted more than 20 rescues and the National Guard ran one mission to check on residents of the upper St. Marks River area and Old Magnolia Road.
Law enforcement, the Department of Health and the Department of Transportation representatives are still working in the EOC until further notice.
The St. Marks River is at a moderate flood level. Residents in the area declined assistance from the National Guard when the assistance team came through the area.
St. Marks businesses reported water inside structures as did the Stop N Save at U.S. Highway 98 and Spring Creek Highway. Mike’s Paint and Body in Medart suffered structural damage from being hit by a tree during the early stages of the storm.
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received 2,642 calls from noon Sunday to 5 a.m. today. A normal week call load for the dispatch unit averages 1,730 calls.
- (NOW OPEN) U.S. Highway 319 between Medart and Sopchoppy (partially covered with water but open)
- The transition to recovery activities, including human services and damage assessment begins today.
- There are no current mandatory evacuations or restricted travel orders in effect. As long as the roadway is clear, it is open for public access.
- Approximately 75 residences have been impacted to some degree to date: 2 due to trees falling on the structure, the remainder due to flooding.
- Residents are encouraged to contact the Wakulla County Emergency Management to report any damages, regardless if they require assistance. This information will be utilized in determining the needs for federal disaster and/or non-profit organization assistance.
Agencies involved in Tropical Storm Debby emergency response:
A. Wakulla County Administration:
B. Wakulla County Schools:
C. Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Emergency Management:
D. Wakulla Public Works Office:
E. Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office:
F. Wakulla Agricultural Extension Service:
G. Wakulla County Department of Health:
H. Wakulla County Fire Department
I. Wakulla EMS
J. Florida Highway Patrol
K. Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission
L. Florida Department of Law Enforcement
M. Red Cross
N. Florida Division of Emergency Management
O. Florida Department of Transportation
P. Florida National Guard
Q. Progress Energy
R. Talquin Electric Cooperative
S. Florida State University
Response Statistics (storm total to date):
- Impacted residences: Approximately 75, of varying degrees.
State of Florida Status: