PALATKA, Fla., Nov. 15, 2016 — Despite experiencing above average rainfall across most of the St. Johns River Water Management District during October, the district continues to see a deficit when compared to a 12-month average. A full report outlining rainfall totals for October and the previous 12 months was presented at November’s Governing Board meeting.
“When storms like Hurricane Matthew bring a lot of rain in just a short amount of time, we stand ready to work with community partners to expedite recovery efforts and implement flood relief measures,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “At the same time, we are working to find ways to store more water, like through our dispersed water storage projects, to help compensate for these times when we see less than average rainfall. Water conservation is a must for the district and residents to ensure our water supply for years to come.”
During October, most of the rainfall within the district occurred within the first nine days of the month, leading up to and including Hurricane Matthew. After the storm moved away from Florida’s coast, most of the district received less than one inch of rain between Oct. 10 and Oct. 31.
Districtwide, rainfall over the past 12 months is still below average.
County-by-county precipitation reports and other data is available online at hydroconditions report.
The district’s hydrologic data collection program collects, processes, manages and disseminates hydrologic and meteorological data that are used for consumptive use permitting, water shortage management, establishment of minimum flows and levels, water supply planning and management, environmental protection and restoration projects, and operation of district flood control facilities.