PALATKA, Fla., Sept. 14, 2017 — The St. Johns River Water Management District today continued its support of local emergency operations by working to drain floodwaters from communities across northeast Florida and supporting its local government partners to reduce impacts from Hurricane Irma.
The district continues to send staff and portable pumps and generators to areas flooded by the storm. Floodwater was pumped from an assisted living facility in Putnam County earlier this week, and pumps helped remedy localized flooding in the Hawthorne area in Alachua County. Staff continue to pump stormwater from the Malacompra Drive area in Flagler County and from Vilano Beach at Porpoise Point in St. Johns County.
In the Upper St. Johns River Basin, the district is working to reduce flows to the river to reduce flooding to downstream communities. Two structures, S-96 and S-157, are temporarily discharging through the C-54 canal to the Indian River Lagoon. By doing so, discharge to the St. Johns River is being reduced by 8,300 cubic feet per second. Since the time the structures were opened on Monday afternoon until Thursday morning, total volume diverted is approximately 22,300 acre-feet (i.e., water that is one foot deep over an area of 22,300 acres).
District staff also are operating control structures in the Ocklawaha Basin to manage floodwaters, and staff are breaking up and removing vegetation blocking flow in the Apopka-Beauclair Canal.
Other actions being taken by the district in response to Hurricane Irma include:
For continuing updates on district operations, visit the district’s website, www.sjrwmd.com.