Flash Flood Watch from 5/27/2018 5:00 AM to 5/29/2018 8:00 AM EDT for Leon County.
After a storm, roads may be littered with debris and many routes may be flooded. Avoid unnecessary travel and, if you must venture out, always obey Road Closed signs.
Never drive through standing water. Treat any intersection with non-working traffic signals as an “all way” stop. Be prepared to stop at every intersection.
Do not walk through flood waters. It only takes six inches of water to knock you down.
Don’t go into any room if water has submerged electrical outlets or cords.
After a flood, stay out of standing water or structures until authorities advise it’s safe.
Standing water could contain toxins, chemicals, dangerous debris and wildlife.
Learn more about floods: Leon County has a comprehensive website on our area’s flood hazards and how residents can become better prepared: LeonCountyFL.gov/floodprotection.
To sign up for timely emergency alerts, visit: www.LeonCountyFL.gov/News.
Due to recent and forecasted heavy rainfall, Leon County has opened four sandbag locations for residents. Emergency Management officials will continue to monitor changing conditions throughout the week and into the holiday weekend.
Beginning Friday, May 25 at noon, sandbags are available to the public at the following Leon County locations:
• Tekesta Park, at Tekesta Drive and Deer Lake Road in Killearn Lakes
• Apalachee Regional Park (Solid Waste Management Facility), 7550 Apalachee Parkway.
• J. Lee Vause, 6024 Old Bainbridge Road
• At the intersection of Oak Ridge Rd at Ranchero Rd
Leon County will staff these sites and residents should bring their own shovels. Sand, bags and ties will be available for public use. Residents are asked to take no more than 15 bags so as to allow others to prepare.
Property owners who have experienced flooding problems in the past can use sandbags to help divert stormwater from their property.
Leon County advises residents to monitor the latest forecasts and be prepared to take the necessary precautions to protect life and property. The National Weather Service also warns that residents should not drive cars through flooded areas and that if they see flood waters to turn around and find another route.
Residents are also encouraged not to attempt to walk through floodwaters. Any and all flood water should be considered to be contaminated. Do not allow children to play in, wade through or swim in flood water.
Updates on official road closures can be found by downloading the Leon County Citizens Connect App in the Apple or Google Play store and the Leon County Emergency Information Portal (EIP) at www.LeonCountyFL.gov/ei/.
Residents requiring more information or assistance should call Leon County Emergency Management at (850) 606-3700.
For updates on City of Tallahassee operations and sandbag locations, visit Talgov.com .