PALATKA, Fla., Oct. 10, 2016 — As the post-hurricane recovery continues in northeast and central Florida coastal counties, the St. Johns River Water Management District today reopened its offices as well as nearly 20 conservation areas. District employees have worked more than 400 staff hours over the recovery period, inspecting levees, structures and public lands. Staff are also assisting local governments in their work to alleviate flooding.
“We are continuing to reach out to local government partners to offer assistance as they assess what is needed to return to normal operations,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Much of the district was spared serious damage, and we are grateful. In those areas that do need our assistance with flood alleviation, we are committed to providing pumps and personnel until recovery is complete.”
Also over the weekend, district operations and maintenance staff inspected levee systems in the Upper St. Johns River Flood Control Project. No areas of concern were observed during the inspection. The systems worked as intended during the storm and helped prevent flooding in Indian and Brevard counties.
District land managers continue inspections and cleanup of thousands of acres of public lands to make them safe and accessible for visitors. Even on conservation lands that reopened today, not all trails are completely cleared. However, access points are available and no major flooding or overt hazards have been identified. To check the status of public access to district lands or limitations due to storm impacts, visit the district’s website, www.sjrwmd.com.
Additional district activities underway include: