PALATKA, Fla., Oct. 12, 2016 — Fifteen staff members from the St. Johns River Water Management District partnered with local government staff to canvas four north Florida counties this week to survey damage from Hurricane Matthew.
“District staff are in our communities, assisting local governments in the hardest hit areas to help them assess the damage from Hurricane Matthew and to share district equipment to help in their recovery,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “We were very fortunate, having had only minor damage to district infrastructure. I am very grateful that we are able to offer this assistance to our local government partners who were not as fortunate.”
District staff teamed up with local government staff in Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties to assess how well stormwater systems performed in the storm and record flood damage to commercial businesses. Teams also searched for derelict vessels in navigable waterways, checked with homeowners who have private domestic self-supply wells to ensure water quality was not impacted by storm surge or the heavy rainfall, and conducted structural damage assessments for local governments to seek FEMA assistance.
In addition, four district pumps are currently operating in Flagler County to convey water from flooded areas. As of Tuesday afternoon, the pumps had drawn the water levels down nearly two feet.
Additional SJRWMD activities underway include: