Residents are given bags and sand is available, but they need to bring shovels and be prepared to fill the bags.

Due to hazardous road conditions, the Florida Forest Service has closed three state forests in Nassau County: Cary, Four Creeks and Ralph E. Simmons Memorial.

For any other information, Nassau County residents can call the Emergency Operations Center at 904-548-4980.

Bradford County:

Road closing (at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday):

  • SR 18 east of Worthington Springs is closed

Properties near Alligator Creek continue to experience flooding. Flood control gates on Sampson Lake being opened due to high lake level.

"We don’t expect the lake levels to crest for another four days, said Michael Heeder of Bradford County Emergency Management. "Homes already threatened could see another foot of water rise, exacerbating the issues that we have."

The Red Cross had opened a shelter Starke Elementary School at 1000 Wes Weldon Street, and it closed before noon Thursday.

Officials closed Sampson Lake to all motorized vessels as a result of the high water levels and flooding concerns.

Union County:

Road closings as of 6 a.m. Wednesday:

  • County Road 241 near Union/Columbia line in Lake Butler
  • State Road 100 at NW 93rd Lane closed from Columbia Co line to Lake Butler