September 11, 2017 5:00 AM

LATEST: Clay County Emergency Management Update

Hurricane Irma PSA #9

Call Center - 904-284-7703
Posted 9/10/17

THIS STORY WILL BE UPDATED AS INFORMATION ROLLS IN. SEND PHOTOS/VIDEO TO claytodayweb@gmail.com TO KEEP THE COUNTY INFORMED

The south prong of Black Creek is now at major flood stage. Both the …

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September 11, 2017 5:00 AM

LATEST: Clay County Emergency Management Update

Hurricane Irma PSA #9

Posted

THIS STORY WILL BE UPDATED AS INFORMATION ROLLS IN. SEND PHOTOS/VIDEO TO claytodayweb@gmail.com TO KEEP THE COUNTY INFORMED

The south prong of Black Creek is now at major flood stage. Both the north and south prongs are rising much faster than originally forecasted. All residents who live along Black Creek and have not evacuated their homes should relocate to a higher place or a shelter when conditions are safe.

A curfew remains in effect for Clay County until eight o’clock tonight. Safety is our top priority. Strong winds and flooding are major concerns in our area. Residents should stay in their homes or at a shelter during this curfew.

Clay County will continue to experience extreme tropical storm force winds throughout the day. We have the potential of seeing 10 - 15 inches of rain and we will see flooding along the low lying areas of many of our waterways and in our neighborhoods. Please do not open any manholes to relieve the flooding. Clay County Utility Authority advises that this can result in an over flow of the sewer system. Opening a manhole can jeopardize public health and safety.

There may be periodic road closures due to the storm. The Shands Bridge remains closed until further notice.

Clay County is also experiencing significant power outages. Clay Electric Cooperative is asking residents to be prepared to go without power for a week or longer. While this is an inconvenience, the company is bringing in many outside resources to help speed restoration efforts.

The Clay County Call Center, 904-284-7703, remains open 24-hours a day for citizens who have questions pertaining to the storm. The county’s website is alert.claycountygov.com. There you can find information about special needs shelters, evacuation zones and the county’s alerting system.

Shelter Information:

Shelters are still open. Currently, more than 700 people are staying in shelters throughout the county.

Clay County has two Special Needs Shelters at Lake Asbury Junior High School and the Thrasher-Horne Center. Lake Asbury Junior High is at capacity. There is still availability at the Thrasher-Horne Center, 283 College Dr., Orange Park, FL 32065.

Clay County’s General Population Shelters are open at the following locations:

•Clay High School, 2025 FL-16, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043

•Orange Park High School, 2300 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, FL 32073 (This shelter allows pets.)

•Wilkinson Elementary School, 4965 Co. Rd. 218, Middleburg, FL 32068.

•Keystone Heights Junior/Senior High School, 900 Orchid Ave., Keystone Heights, FL 32656 (This shelter allows pets.)

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