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Flagler County rainfall totals: 5-10 inches, NWS says

Deputies: Palm Coast, western Flagler County most heavily impacted

Photos courtesy of the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.
Photos courtesy of the Flagler County Sheriff's Office. (Flagler County Sheriff's Office)

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – Flagler County continued to experience isolated flooding in some areas of the county Saturday, deputies said.

The National Weather Service reports rain is expected to continue through the weekend and into Monday and Tuesday, although the rain is not expected to be as heavy as what was experienced Friday.

[RELATED: Flooded streets in Palm Coast strand cars, school bus]

Official rain totals in Flagler County over the past 24 hours are between 5 and 10 inches, with a few areas receiving 11 inches, according to the NWS.

The city of Palm Coast and some portions of western Flagler County are the most heavily impacted, according to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.

Flagler County is under a flood watch until 8 p.m. Saturday.

Deputies said there were reports of 15 structures sustaining minor damage due to flooding. Law enforcement officials received additional reports of vehicles being abandoned in the roadway due to flooding. There have also been reports of downed trees.

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Palm Coast Public Works crews and contractors are continuing to use tank trucks to pump down the city's wastewater collection stations, which were inundated with storm water. Deputies said that pumping down of the wastewater collection stations will continue as long as needed.

Residents are asked not to use excessive water while the wastewater system is stressed. Deputies said residents were asked to avoid doing laundry, irrigating lawns and washing cars Saturday.

As the rain continues, the city of Palm Coat has free sandbags and a sand station at the Public Works yard, at 1 Wellfield Grade, Palm Coast. Deputies said residents who already have their own sandbags can also get sand for their sandbags at stations at Holland Park, Indian Trails Sports Complex and Seminole Woods Park.

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The city of Palm Coast's Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool was closed, along with Flagler County's Princess Place, deputies said.

Any damage that may be associated with this recent storm can be reported to the Flagler County Emergency Operations Center at 386-313-4200.

Deputies said to report traffic issues and impassable streets, or for other concerns and non-emergencies, call 386-313-4911.

Safety tips

Flagler County Emergency Management officials encouraged residents to follow these safety steps:

  • Residents should not drive on or through flooded streets. Motorists are asked to turn around and find an alternate route.
  • If flooding occurs, get to higher ground.
  • Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
  • Do not walk through standing water. Assume that all standing water could be contaminated.
  • Be advised that flash flood situations can develop off-shore quickly and citizens should pay close attention to changing weather.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it's harder to recognize flood dangers.
  • If you hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightening, seek shelter immediately and remain there at least 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder.

Road closures, road hazards added Saturday afternoon

Closures:
--Daytona North: Forest Park-Mahogany to Clove
--Flagler County: Hargrove Grade-Otis Stone to Hargrove at the rail road tracks. Otis Stone Hunter from US Highway 1 to Main Street.
--Palm Coast: Bird of Paradise and all streets in that vicinity.

In addition, there are a number of other roads that are open but have experienced excessive water. Residents are asked to report impassable roads by calling 386-313-4911.

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These road hazards include:
--Daytona North: Walnut, Candleberry, Elder, Rosewood, Hickory and Honeytree – all south of Mahogany (12-18 inches of water)
--Daytona North: Clove and Grove (12-18 inches of water)
--Flagler Beach: A1A from State Road 100 to North 12th and from State Road 100 to South 17th (encroaching travel lane)
--Flagler County: County Road 90 – west of County Road 305 (encroaching travel lane)
--Flagler County: Hickory and Fir – at Walnut (washout)
--Palm Coast: U.S. Highway 1 at Matanzas Woods Boulevard (encroaching travel lane) Palm Coast: Hargrove Grade at Industry Drive (encroaching travel lane)
--Palm Coast: Laramie, Matanzas to Belle Terre (water over road)
--Palm Coast: Burroughs Drive, Belle Terre to Bird of Paradise (water over road)
--Palm Coast: Butternut, Weidner (at Weiss), and Fellow Place (water over road on all three) Palm Coast: Entrance to Princess Place (water over road)
--Hammock: Marineland Acres (water over road)