St. Johns County official: If you flooded during Hurricane Irma, expect flooding with Ian

The Director of Emergency Management in St. Johns County is anticipating heavy rain, coastal erosion as well as possible flooding in low-lying areas due to Hurricane Ian.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – The Director of Emergency Management in St. Johns County is anticipating heavy rain, coastal erosion as well as possible flooding in low-lying areas due to Hurricane Ian.

That includes parts of St. Augustine in the eastern part of the county as well as in the southwestern corner of the county in Hastings and Flagler Estates.

The message county officials were trying to get out Monday is any residents who were flooded in St. Johns County during Hurricane Irma, expect to see flooding again with Ian.

One person who lives in southern Ponte Vedra Beach told News4JAX he’s actually already booked a hotel room in Jacksonville if he needs to evacuate.

A woman from Hastings said her family keeps canned goods and gallons of water stocked throughout the year and they’re also making sure their cars are gassed up in case they need to evacuate.

St. Johns County is offering free sandbags for residents starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at six locations throughout the county.

The county released the following information today:

“The sand and the bags provided are free of charge. Residents must provide their transportation and shovels and are responsible for filling their bags. There is a maximum allocation of 20 bags per person. The sand and bags are available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, and Wednesday, Sept. 28, weather permitting.

  • Windswept Acres Park - 5335 SR A1A South
  • Solomon Calhoun Center - 1300 Duval Street
  • Hastings Town Hall - 6195 S. Main Street
  • Mills Field - 1805 Racetrack Road
  • North Beach Park - 3721 Coastal Highway
  • Palm Valley - Underneath the Palm Valley Bridge on the east side of the Intracoastal Waterway

For additional information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management Citizen Information Line at 904.824.5550.”

The St. Johns County Emergency Management Citizen Information Line has opened to help answer residents’ questions about Hurricane Ian.

The number to call is 904-824-5550.

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Residents can find tips and resources such as supply kits, pets, and other emergency response information at www.sjcemergencymanagement.com.

The info line closes at 5 p.m. Monday.


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