Sheriff's Office phones, power in Green Cove Springs knocked out

Power restored after 7 hours; 911 service remains operational despite outage

(Provided by Clay County Sheriff's Office)

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – Powerful overnight storms crippled Clay County's infrastructure Monday morning.

The Green Cove Springs Police Department said there were widespread power outages in the county seat. The exact number of homes and businesses affected was not made available.

Green Cove police said traffic lights were still functioning properly.

The outage lasted about seven hours, but 911 services were still operating properly throughout the outage.


The administrative phone system to the Clay County Sheriff's Office was also knocked offline. 

Clay County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Mary Justino said during the power outage when computers were down, Communications Center members kept the dispatching of deputies going using the back-up, fail-safe system of handwritten cards (pictured), while technicians worked to get everything rebooted.