PALATKA, Fla., Oct. 11, 2016 — In support of post-hurricane recovery efforts, the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) has authorized certain flood relief measures for local governments and property owners who need to pump or divert floodwaters. The Governing Board today approved an emergency order that also gives permit holders additional time to comply with permit conditions that will come due after Oct. 5. The board’s action extends the duration of permits that expire between Oct. 5 and Nov. 2.
“Our response and recovery support are ongoing,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Our continued focus is working with local governments on damage assessments, clearing district lands to allow public access and continuing to provide pumps and personnel to help divert floodwaters. With all district offices fully functional, regulatory staff are available to answer questions and work with permittees to get businesses and residents back up and running.”
The emergency order approved by the board today ensures local governments and property owners are able to pump or divert floodwater that is creating an ongoing emergency situation off-site without the need to notice the district through Oct. 14. After Oct. 14, governmental entities may continue to pump or divert floodwater resulting from Hurricane Matthew off-site upon providing notice to the SJRWMD and receiving oral or written authorization to continue doing so. Private property owners within the SJRWMD area may also pump or divert floodwaters off-site through Oct. 14 upon providing notice to the district and receiving oral or written permission to do so. Conditions that apply to these pumping or diverting of floodwater activities can be found in section 14 of the SJRWMD emergency order.
Additional SJRWMD activities underway include: