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News releases from Volusia and Flagler counties and area cities and organizations
Volusia County under flood watch
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for all of east Central Florida. A flood watch means there is a potential for widespread flooding or river flooding. The occurrence of flooding is neither certain nor imminent. Persons in the watch area are advised to check flood action plans, keep informed, and be ready to take necessary actions if a warning is issued or flooding is observed.
Slow-moving showers moving across Volusia County may bring 1 to 3 inches of rainfall with localized higher amounts.
Volusia County’s Emergency Management Division used its mass notification telephone system this morning to notify residents along the St. Johns River of the potential for flooding.
According to the National Weather Service, the St. Johns River continued its gradual rise and went into minor flood stage at Astor Sunday afternoon due to a combination of additional water drainage and heavy rains. The stage at Astor is forecast to hold nearly steady in minor flood for the next few days. If heavy rainfall focuses over the drainage basin, additional rises could take place. Moderate flood stage is not expected to be reached at this time.
Volusia County’s Public Works Department has been clearing debris from storm drains, ditches and canals across the county. Workers are also checking low-lying areas for flooding and placing barricades as needed.
According to the National Weather Service:
- A weak non-tropical low pressure system developed just south of the Florida panhandle this morning. It is sliding east and east-northeast along a stalled frontal boundary lingering to our north today into tonight before emerging off the Georgia coast early Tuesday morning.
- The stalled front trailing from the low will move into the region Tuesday afternoon, then stall once again near Lake Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast on Wednesday.
- The rain chance is 70 percent today and at least 60 percent Tuesday. For today, this will occur initially across rain-plagued areas near and north of Interstate 4.
- The heavier showers and storm may produce an inch or two of rainfall in as little as 30 to 60 minutes. Given the saturated ground conditions that are widespread throughout east central Florida, all areas are susceptible to the rapid onset of flooding. This includes poorly drained urban and low lying areas, and all local drainage basins ranging from local canals and retention ponds and creeks, all the way up to the larger watersheds such as the Saint Johns River.
- The heaviest rain is expected between around noon and 8 p.m. today and Tuesday.
Sand and sandbags are available for city residents (with identification) at these locations:
- South Daytona: 746 Reed Canal Road. Limit to 25 bags per person. Available during daylight hours.
- Port Orange: Fire stations at 4200 Ridgewood Ave. and 6027 Central Park Blvd. Bring your own shovel.
- Edgewater: Sand piles are available at Mango Lake Park, 800 block of Mango Tree Drive; and Fire Station 57, 2628 Hibiscus Drive. Bng your own shovel and sandbags or double-bagged heavy-duty garbage bags.
- All roads in Edgewater remain passable. No flooding into homes or businesses has been reported. City crews are monitoring and maintaining all stormwater drainage infrastructures.
- The city’s Public Works Department has been pumping down lakes and retention areas in preparation for the heavy rainfall predicted.
About the PIN
What is the main objective of the V/F PIN?
The main objective of the V/F PIN initiative is to ensure that public information practitioners from a wide variety of public agencies in the two-county region will collaborate on and coordinate public information by having a focused message to the public to avoid misinformation and miscommunication.
In addition, the PIN’s operating principle is that public information resources are available to support an incident’s lead agency/incident commander irrespective of agency boundaries.
A major task assignment coming out of the Emmitsburg training was to write a public information plan for the V/F PIN. The plan was completed in February 2005 and has been employed during subsequent incidents including hurricanes and wildfires.
How did the V/F PIN get started?
In the first exercise of its kind in the nation, public information officers from Volusia and Flagler counties attended the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Advanced Public Information Officer training in Emmitsburg, Md., in April 2004. These public information practitioners represented a wide range of agencies including city and county governments, law enforcement,
fire services, ambulance, hospitals, and public schools. They trained together and implemented a unified “mock” joint information center (JIC).
An end result of the Emmitsburg experience was the molding of a public information network that comes together during emergency incidents to provide mutual aid public information support to one another within the counties of Volusia and Flagler. It is formally known as the Volusia/Flagler Public Information Network (V/F PIN).
How have V/F PIN members collaborated?
Since its formation, there have been several instances of V/F PIN members coordinating and working together on incidents involving multiple agencies and where there was a widespread public threat.
The PIN managed a “virtual” JIC during the back-to-back 2004 hurricanes – Charley, Frances and Jeanne.
What are the primary tools of the V/F PIN?
In 2005, the PIN launched its own website. During a disaster, this site includes information from all the agencies involved in a response.
In 2007, the group revised the JIC plan to be compliant with the National Incident Management Systems, thereby creating
a Joint Information System (JIS) plan.
How do I get involved?
Today the Volusia/Flagler PIN consists of more than 40 active members who meet regularly to train, share ideas and discuss experiences. With each incident the PIN continues to improve, gain experience and refine its operating plan. For more information, please contact Volusia County Community Information at 386-822-5062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To request public information support from the Volusia/Flagler PIN, the lead agency should page the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office public information office at 386-691-2460 or call Volusia County Community Information at 386-561-7185.
Organizations active in the V/F PIN
American Red Cross
City of Orlando
For the latest information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, click here.
To find out about volunteering in Volusia County or anywhere throughout Florida, please contact the United Way at 2-1-1 or 386-253-0563 or online at www.UnitedWay-vfc.org
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