Palm Coast school bus stops could be affected by stormwater flooding


PALM COAST, Fla. – School bus stops in Flagler County might be affected by sewer overflows in the Palm Coast area, district officials announced Friday.

Officials said they were made aware of the overflows Friday afternoon and that city officials are working to identify the areas and will let the district know which school bus stops might be affected.

City crews are working to clean up the areas and disinfect them, which includes the use of lime.

According to a City of Palm Coast release, “If you see lime, which looks like white flour, on the ground and/or a sign that reads ‘Possible Contaminated Water,’ avoid that area.”

As the district is notified of specific areas affected, that safety information will continually be reinforced with the students affected.

Flagler County bus drivers are paying close attention to the conditions at all bus stops. If there is an area of concern at a stop which has not yet been adjusted, the drivers always have the option to roll stops to drier, safer areas, district officials said.

Flagler County has been hit by unprecedented amounts of rain over the last couple of weeks and more rain may be in the forecast this weekend.

Stops in the western portion of Flagler County have already been moved.

Transportation officials will be monitoring the roads and bus stops throughout the weekend and should any additional changes be made, they will be announced via the district's website, flaglerschools.com as well as its social media accounts.

District officials ask parents to speak with their children about safety at bus stops and why it’s important to be aware of their surroundings as temporary changes may impact a particular stop.