Both the north and south prongs of Black Creek crested Tuesday morning at 28.5 feet and likely won’t begin receding until Friday. Various local, state and federal agencies are engaged in water …
Both the north and south prongs of Black Creek crested Tuesday morning at 28.5 feet and likely won’t begin receding until Friday. Various local, state and federal agencies are engaged in water rescue efforts including but not limited to the Mississippi Task Force 1, Urban Search & Rescue Swift Water Team, FL State Fire Marshall, swift water rescue, FL National Guard, US Coast Guard, rescue teams from all over the southeast. Many state resources have been deployed to assist in this disaster recovery effort.
Clay Electric Cooperative stated that 37,532 people in Clay County are without power. 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.
Clay County Fire & Rescue and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, with the help of the FL National Guard and U.S. Coast Guard rescued 173 people and 49 pets in less than 12 hours Monday. Rescue teams are currently deployed to the Black Creek area.
Disaster assessment teams are deployed throughout the county.
Clay County is asking residents send photo(s) of trees obstructing roadways and property damage with their name and location/address of the location of the damage pictured to Emergency.Management@claycountygov.com.
Road and Bridge Closures:
Shands Bridge is now open to traffic.
The following roads and bridges in Clay County are closed:
· Blanding Blvd. at County Road 218
· State Road 16 is closed from Sandhill Rd. to Thunder Rd.
· County Road 220 at Joe Johns Road East of Knightboxx
· Thunder Road at Eds Court
· County Road 215 at Primrose
· Henley Road at Black Creek Bridge
Many streets are blocked by downed trees and flooding. Teams are working to clear areas as conditions allow.
Clay County is closing all boat ramps until further notice. Currently swift water teams are conducting rescue missions and there is significant debris in the water. This is for your own safety and for the safety of our first responders.
Garbage services will be suspended Tuesday, Sept. 12. The Rosemary Hill Solid Waste Management Facility will be closed Tuesday, September 12 with plans to re-open as soon as possible.
Clay County Schools will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 13.
No resume date stated by U.S. Postal Service.
Clay County Emergency Management launches the post storm volunteer effort through Clay Safety Net, a local faith-based organization that specializes in disaster recovery. Volunteers will mobilize Tuesday, September 12 beginning at 11:00 AM at Christ’s Church Fleming Island, 5900 US 17, Fleming Island. Volunteers should come dressed appropriately and bring needed equipment.
What should volunteers wear?
· work clothes appropriate for mud and water (boots, long pants, etc.)
What should volunteers bring?
· Chainsaws (No minors with power equipment will be permitted)
If you have any questions, contact Clay Safety Net at 904-644-0311 or www.claysafetynet.org.
Shelters are still open. Currently, 254 people and 65 pets 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.)