Tropical Storm Debby – Impact on City

City of Fernandina Beach Press Release

Submitted by David Lott, Deputy City Manager

June 26, 2012 12:00 p.m.
The City continues to receive strong, intermittent bands of rain from Tropical Storm Debby and this rainfall is expected to continue for at least the next 36 hours.

There is localized flooding or water accumulation on several roads in the City. At the time of this release the most affected areas are:

Barricade on North Fletcher Avenue

. Lisa Avenue is generally impassable,  except for trucks
. North Fletcher between 3rd and 5th is closed
. South Fletcher north of Sadler have issues, but still passable

City crews are working to clear these areas as quickly as possible. City beaches and the Sadler Road beach access road remain open, although the beaches are not currently staffed with lifeguards due to the inclement weather. There is an elevated risk of rip currents so swimmers should use extra caution if going in the water.

City workers on North Fletcher contend with street flooding

All City programs and activities are running as scheduled; although pool programs at the Atlantic Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. facilities are dependent upon weather conditions.
Questions about City operations should be directed as follows:

City Hall 904-277-7300

Streets 904-277-7387

Parks & Rec 904-277-7350

Garbage 904-277-7389

Airport 904-321-5700

Marina 904-491-2090

Golf Course 904-277-7370

If you experience a power outage, please call the FPU Hotline at 904-261-3663 to report
your area. If you see downed power lines, please call 9-1-1.

It is expected that the Nassau County Board of Commissioners will declare a Local State of
Emergency in a meeting later today. That declaration will cover the City and all other
municipalities in the County. This action follows on the heels of Governor Rick Scott signing a statewide declaration yesterday and will help local governments seek reimbursement for costs associated with the storm.

The action by the County Commission is primarily due to parts of Nassau County, particularly in the western section and along creeks and rivers, experiencing widespread flooding and a number of septic tanks systems being compromised leading to unsanitary conditions in those areas. The County is opening a shelter in Hilliard later today for displaced residents. For more information and directions, contact the County Emergency Operations Center at 904-548-4980.

June 26, 2012

1:03 p.m.

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l.kreger (@guest_157)
11 years ago

City workers are making extensive efforts to eliminate flood waters, but the City Commission continues to push the the implementation of major stormwater improvements down the road. One of the recommended improvemnts North Dolphin to 9th would eliminate many of todays flood problems. We are now forced to pump flood waters onto the beach which can only have a negative environmental impact!