Black Creek rising waters

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Residents living on Black Creek in Clay County are getting more concerned each hour the rain continues. 


Clay County officials monitoring weather conditions

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. - Officials in Clay County monitored weather conditions Friday, as rain falls across the county.

Officials in Clay County released a statement Friday detailing plans to continue monitoring rainfall and changing weather conditions throughout the weekend.

According to Clay County Fire Rescue roadways might be blocked, ground saturation levels could cause trees to fall, debris could be on roadways and power lines could be down. Additionally low-lying areas may experience additional flooding tonight and over the next 48-hours.

Roadways which may be closed or impassable:

Penney Farms area:
• Morton St.
• Caroline St.
• Clark St.
• Wilbanks St.
• Hoffman St.

Green Cove Springs:
• 209N/739B

Fleming Island:
• Floyd St.

Keystone/McRae area:
• Sharron Road
• Blanding Blvd. near Dade Road

500 buildings in Clay have experienced water damage

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Early estimates show at least 500 buildings, most of them homes, sustained water damage from Tropical Storm Debby.

Clay County Fire Chief Lorin Mock says only one person was injured when a ceiling gave way in an Orange Park home. Mock noted the injuries were minor.

One visible sign of damage is on County Road 218, where a bridge collapsed Tuesday night.

Pubilc Works Director Jeff Beck says the goal is to have the bridge repaired in two weeks. People who live in Clay Hill will find their commute to be a little longer until the work is done.

Clay County Sheriff Rick Bessler says 90 people were rescued from record flooding on Black Creek. Most of the rescues involved Girl Scouts attending a summer camp.

Breaker reminded Black Creek homeowners who want to leave their homes should do so before dark. At night, Bessler says, deputies face bigger challenges as rescues are riskier.

Are You Ready for Hurricane Season?

The beginning of hurricane season is a good time for homeowners to review their insurance needs.  Homeowners should meet with their insurance agent to review and adjust their polices as appropriate for adequate coverage. Families should keep in mind the 3 Ps during hurricane season:  plan, prepare and protect. 

Big picture:   

June 12, 2012 – The beginning of hurricane season is a good time for homeowners to review their insurance policies for adequate coverage for their home and property.  Homeowners are encouraged to consult with their agent and develop a complete understanding of the insurance coverage they have purchased.  In addition to reviewing insurance policies, there are three things families should keep in mind during hurricane season - plan, prepare and protect:


Storm system brings potential for dangerous weather to Florida over the Holiday weekend


FLORIDA -- The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) reminds Florida’s residents and visitors to remain aware of current weather situations this holiday weekend, as a storm system may bring heavy rainfall across much of the Sunshine State. Potential flooding conditions will affect Southeast Florida through this evening. This threat could shift northward to portions of the Northern Peninsula later this weekend as the system nears this area of the state. This same system could bring strong onshore winds, which may lead to rough surf, large breaking waves and a high risk of rip currents along the Atlantic Coast through next week.

Clay County Schools Participate in Severe Weather Awareness Week

Clay County Schools Participate in Severe Weather Awareness Week


Last week the Florida Division of Emergency Management led the State in the observance of Severe Weather Awareness Week.  Among the severe weather topics which were covered during this week long series of public outreach activities and drills, was tornadoes.  The Clay County School Board was among many school boards in the state who utilized this special occasion as an opportunity to exercise their Tornado Response Plans.  Representatives from Clay County Emergency Management were honored to have the opportunity to observe two of these exercises:  one at McRae Elementary and another at Doctors Inlet Elementary.