News and emergency information
News releases from Volusia and Flagler counties and area cities and organizations
St. Johns River
- Effective immediately, the idle zone near Astor is 1.5 miles north and south of the Astor bridge. The Volusia County and Lake County sheriff’s offices posted signs along the river to reduce the chance of floodwaters being pushed into homes.
- According to the National Weather Service, the St. Johns River at Astor is forecast to hold nearly steady in the minor flood stage for the next few days. At DeLand and Geneva, the river is forecast to reach action stage late this week. The Little Wekiva River and Shingle Creek will remain below action stage but will be closely monitored over the coming days.
- Residents along the St. Johns River are advised to keep a close eye on water levels and monitor the local media for updates.
Updated sandbag information
Sand and sandbags are available at 10 locations in Volusia County. Bring your own shovel.
Volusia County is offering sand and sandbags at these Road and Bridge offices:
- 2560 W. State Road 44, DeLand
- 200 State Road 415, Osteen
- 530 N. Dixie Highway, New Smyrna Beach
Sand and sandbags are available for city residents (with identification) at these locations:
- Daytona Beach: Sand and sandbags are available at the Public Works facility, 950 Bellevue Ave.
- Edgewater: Sand piles are available at Mango Lake Park, 800 block of Mango Tree Drive; and Fire Station 57, 2628 Hibiscus Drive. Bring your own sandbags or double-bagged heavy-duty garbage bags.
- New Smyrna Beach: Public Works facility, 124 Industrial Park Ave.
- Port Orange: Fire stations at 4200 Ridgewood Ave. and 6027 Central Park Blvd.
- South Daytona: 746 Reed Canal Road. Limit to 25 bags per person. Available during daylight hours.
According to the National Weather Service’s impact weather briefing issued at 11 a.m. Tuesday:
- A slow-moving frontal boundary will sag into the region between Lake George and Orlando today, then stall across the central peninsula on Wednesday. Though a well-defined upper level impulse is not forecast to move across the area today, a very moist air mass and the presence of the frontal boundary will bring a heavy rain threat today and possibly again on Wednesday.
- Morning cloudiness ahead of the frontal boundary has delayed heating in many areas, but scattered to numerous showers and isolated lightning storms are expected to form in the early afternoon. Showers and storms will move to the east at 15 to 20 mph. This combined with the lack of an east coast sea breeze, will limit storm intensity and rainfall amounts from individual cells. However, the slow frontal boundary movement could set up a zone where several cells with heavy downpours move across the same location.
- The greatest chance for repeating cells and heavy downpours should be from Orlando and Canaveral south to the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee.
- Generalized rainfall totals look to be around 1 inch, but some locations will receive 2 to 3 inches where the greatest amount of heating occurs and showers and storms repeat.
- The heaviest rain is expected from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
New Smyrna Beach
In the Isleboro subdivision:
- Pumping will continue until the water level in ponds is low enough to accept additional rainfall. Water also is being pumped from the unpaved portion of Willard Street.
- On the unpaved portion of the road, water is over the road on Willard Street. Water also is in a handful of backyards and within eight feet of some homes. Significant rain today could affect as many as nine homes in the Willard Street/Glenwood Avenue area.
- Water is not over the roads now except on the unpaved portion of Willard Street. However, water is standing along the sides of the road, in some backyards and along some driveways.
- Water is in yards and driveways on Westwood Avenue and in a few driveways on Nordman Avenue.
- Yesterday, city crews removed four truckloads of debris from the Isleboro area to try to limit the amount of yard materials that clog the storm drains. Crews will continue to check for more debris today.
- Crews will be on standby this evening. Additional pumps also will be placed into service, if needed.
- All stormwater drains are working properly and are clear.
- Crews are grading dirt roads.
- All three retention ponds are not full to capacity. If additional rainfall is received today, crews will determine the need to resume pumping.
In the Central Beach area:
- On Monday, a home on Goodwin Avenue on the beach side had water in a garage. City crews placed a stormwater pump on the property. Water is down this morning and not impacting the home or garage.
- Crews also are pumping at 426 Columbus Ave. due to water in a house.
In Esther Street Beachfront Park:
- The sand washout under the dune walkover stairs has not been restored. The city is awaiting DEP approval from Tallahassee to get equipment for repairs on the beach.
- The washout is the result of stormwater improvements completed in 2013 to the Esther Street and North Atlantic Avenue stormwater system. Improvements have worked as designed over the past week. An earthen retention area was designed to break away and send stormwater to the beach when extreme water volumes were reached.
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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