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By calling one number, 511, motorists everywhere in the state can find out about construction updates, lane closures, traffic incidents, severe weather reports and Amber Alerts for child abductions.  For more information about this new statewide service, please click on:

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2009 North Florida Panhandle Flood

State To Open Essential Services Centers In Madison And Hamilton Counties Tuesday

State and local emergency management officials announced today that two Essential Services Centers (ESC’s) will open on Tuesday in Madison and Hamilton counties to help survivors of the recent severe weather and floods. Essential Services Centers are designed as a one-stop shop where local residents can receive information on recovery activities, state and local services, and connect to faith and community–based relief organizations. The ESC’s will operate from the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until further notice.The locations are:

Madison County
Old Lee School
226 SE Lee School Avenue
Lee, Florida 32059

Hamilton County
Jasper Civic Center
1129 4th Street, SW
Jasper, Florida 32052

Read About the Essental Services Centers Opening Release

Suwannee River Flood Information

To receive the latest forecast information on the Suwannee River visit:

Suwannee Ivey Memorial Park Flooding

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/alr/hva/hva.pdf

Heavy Rains Will Bring Panhandle Rivers Back into Flood Later This Week

Heavy Rain ImageHeavy rainfall over the Florida panhandle and its adjacent river basins in southern Alabama and Georgia will result in several rivers rising back above flood stage this week across northern Florida. The Ochlockonee River along the Leon/Gadsden County border near Havana is forecast to rise above flood stage on Tuesday with moderate flooding forecast by late Wednesday.

Read About Heavy Rains Will Bring Back Rising Rivers Release

State EOC Is Activated At Level 2 To Monitor North Florida, Suwannee River Flooding

Level 2 ActivationThe State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee remains activated at a Level 2, or partial activation, in response to the flooding conditions in the Panhandle and Big Bend regions of the state.

Florida 511Travelers can receive up-to-date information on road conditions and closures by dialing 511 or visit www.FL511.com.

 

U.S. 90 Reopens At The Suwannee River

US 90 imageU.S. Highway 90 at the Suwannee River Bridge (Madison and Suwannee County line) has reopened Monday afternoon. Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) crews have completed a survey of the bridge and road and found no major damage. The FDOT continues to monitor area roads along the Suwannee and Santa Fe Rivers. All travelers are urged to follow any local detour signage on local roads in the region.

For real-time information on traffic conditions call 511 or visit www.FL511.com before getting on the road.

Volunteer Organizations Aid In The 2009 Severe Weather Response

Red CrossSalvation ArmyVolunteer FloridaAs flood waters continue to rise, volunteer agencies including the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army act quickly to release critical supplies and organize shelters in North Florida. Florida’s many volunteer organizations and state agencies continue to support those affected by rising flood waters.

Read About the Volunteer Relief Release

Governor Crist Requests Federal Disaster Declaration For 11 Counties

Governor Charlie Crist on Friday sent a letter to President Barack Obama, requesting a declaration of a major disaster for 11 counties as a result of severe storms, flooding, flash flooding, straight-line winds and tornadoes in North Florida. (see letter)

Read Governor's Letter
Governor Request For Federal Presidental Declaration Release

U.S. 90 Closed At The Suwannee River

road close signsU.S. Highway 90 at the Suwannee River bridge (Madison and Suwannee County line) has closed to all traffic due to high water and flood conditions.

U.S. 90 - Suwannee River Detour route:

Westbound U.S. 90: Take I-10 West to County Road 255 (exit 262). Continue north on County Road 255 back to U.S. 90.

Eastbound U.S. 90: Turn south on County Road 255 and drive to I-10. Take I-10 east to US 90.

For real-time information on traffic conditions call 511 or visit www.FL511.com before getting on the road.

U.S. 90 Closed At The Suwannee River Release

State EOC Activates To Level 1 To Monitor North Florida, Suwannee River Flooding

Level 1 EOC Full Activation imageThe State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee has activated to a Level 1, or full activation, in response to the flooding conditions in the Panhandle and Big Bend regions of the state.

All 18 Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) are reporting in to follow the flood threat along the Suwannee River and support recovery operations in the Panhandle. The SEOC will operate 24 hours daily until further notice.

The Florida Emergency Information Line (FEIL) is now operational from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily to provide residents information on current events and safety measures. The number for residents to call is:

800-342-3557

Travelers can receive up-to-date information on road conditions and closures by dialing 511 or visit www.FL511.com.

Read SEOC Activates to Level 1 Release

Residents And Travelers Alert: Possible I-10 And U.S. 90 Closures Due To Suwannee River Flood Conditions

I-10 signageUS Highway 90 imageAll residents and travelers in north Florida should be on alert for rapidly changing conditions due to high water levels as a result of recent rains in the region. U.S. 90 at the Suwannee River (Madison and Suwannee County line) could be closed to all traffic as early as Thursday. If the water levels continue to rise, Interstate 10 (I-10) at the Suwannee River could also be closed as early as Friday.

“We are asking all residents and travelers in north and north-central Florida to pay close attention to possible road closures due to recent rainfall,” said Governor Charlie Crist. “We are ramping up state operations to respond to the affected counties and support local governments. We are also urging residents living near the river to pay close attention to media reports, review their disaster plans and be prepared for possible evacuation orders.” For real-time information on traffic conditions call 511 or visit www.FL511.com before getting on the road.

Read Possible I-10 and U.S. 90 Closures Release

State Prepares For North Florida Road Closures Due To Flood Conditions Along The Suwannee River

car with road closuresState officials are preparing for the flooding of major roads in North Florida along the Suwannee River due to recent heavy rains in the region. High levels of the Suwannee River could force the closure of U.S. 90 at the Suwannee River (Madison and Suwannee County line) as early as Wednesday. If river water levels continue to rise, Interstate 10 (I-10) at the Suwannee River Bridge could also face closure as early as Thursday.

All motorists are advised to monitor their local media outlets for the latest information on weather conditions and possible road closures. For real-time information on traffic conditions call 511 or visit www.FL511.com before getting on the road.

Read More on Road Closures Due to Flood Conditions Release

State And Federal Damage Assessment Teams To Canvass Panhandle Areas Hit By Severe Weather And Floods

Turn Around, Don't Drown Flash Guard ImageSix state and federal recovery teams from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will begin a joint-preliminary damage assessment (PDA) of public infrastructure damages beginning Monday, April 6 in Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Washington counties.

The joint teams will survey the six Panhandle counties to catalog the types of damage and estimate the dollar value of the losses. Those numbers will then be transmitted to Tallahassee for review to determine what, if any, federal disaster assistance programs would be applicable. The process is expected to take several days.

Read About Assessment Teams To Canvass Panhandle Area Full Release

State EOC Activates To Level 2 To Monitor Panhandle Flooding

Turn Around, Don't Drown Flash Guard ImageThe State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Tallahassee remains activated to Level 2, or partial activation, in response to the severe weather and flooding conditions in the Panhandle and Big Bend regions of the state.

Select Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) including Transportation, Health, Law Enforcement and the Florida National Guard will join Operations, Plans and Meteorology staff to follow the severe weather threats and coordinate local requests for state assistance during this event. The SEOC will operate from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily until further notice.

Read More About Activation Release
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Governor Signs Executive Order For Panhandle, Big Bend Flooding

Governor Charlie Crist today issued an Executive Order (#09-81), declaring a state of emergency in the counties of Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla, Escambia, Gulf, Holmes, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, and Washington, because of severe weather and flooding conditions in the region.

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Emergency Final Order Signed - Public Notice

Emergency Final Order to suspend the effect of any statute, rule, or order, to the extent needed to procure any and all necessary supplies, commodities, services, temporary premises, and other resources, to include, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, any and all statutes, rules, or orders which affect budgeting, leasing, printing, purchasing, travel and the condition of employment and the compensation of employees.

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Flash Flood Watches Issued For Panhandle, North Florida Regions - 04/06/09

Residents urged to use caution near rivers, avoid flooded roadways

Turn Around, Don't Drown Flash Guard Image Residents and visitors in the Panhandle and North Florida regions are urged to remain vigilant near local rivers and use caution on area roadways as a series of storm systems impacts the northern third of the state this week. Each of these systems will also bring the threat for severe weather, with damaging wind gusts and isolated tornadoes possible beginning Tuesday evening in the Florida Panhandle.

Heavy rains are expected with projected rainfall totals in excess of 4 inches, with local totals up to 8 inches possible through Thursday. Most rivers from the Ochlockonee River westward to Alabama remain near or above flood stage. Residents need to have their disaster plans in place and be ready to heed local evacuation orders.

Flash Flood Watches Issued For Panhandle Region Release

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February 23, 2011 17:19

 

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