FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – Flagler County announced it will start sandbag operations on Monday, Nov. 7 ahead of a potential tropical system that could become a subtropical or tropical storm in the next couple of days.
“Hurricane Ian has significantly impacted our Atlantic Coast dune system,” said Emergency Management Director Jonathan Lord. “We know we are going to suffer some impacts from this storm, and we want residents to be as prepared as they can be.”
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Mainland Flagler County, with the possible exception of some flooding for properties along the Intracoastal, will not be impacted by the storm, officials said.
“This is a coastal event,” Lord said.
County officials urge all residents and businesses in Flagler County to make preparations for Tropical Storm like impacts from StS Nicole, including checking emergency kits and having a destination in mind to go if evacuations are called for. Details https://t.co/AQ93xMZjOX pic.twitter.com/jho2qDYg7X— Flagler County Emergency Management (@FlaglerEOC) November 7, 2022
Residents are limited to 10 sandbags per household.
Sand and bags, as well as manpower, will be available at the following locations on Monday:
- Flagler Technical College – 5633 N. Oceanshore Blvd., The Hammock – 8 a.m. until supplies are gone.
- Bay Drive Park – 30 Bay Drive, The Hammock – 8 a.m. until supplies are gone.
County officials announced that a sandbag location will also be available Tuesday at Bay Drive Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until supplies are gone.
Several people lined up at Florida Technical College Monday to grab sandbags ahead of Nicole.
ResidentArvie Olson said he is not taking any chances.
“I know a lot of people hurting after the storm, I just hope this is just a noreaster,” Olson said.
Jeff and Doris Wiener live near the beach so they grabbed sandbags for themselves and for their neighbors who couldn’t make it to the sandbag location.
“We’re just trying to help out our community, help out our neighbors. There’s a lot of elderly people back there and we’re trying to protect our whole community,” Jeff Wiener said.
Officials recommended residents prepare for the storm by planning evacuation routes, securing windows and outdoor items, and building an “Off-the-Grid” storm kit with water, food, medications, clothes, cash, batteries and fuel.
Flagler County noted that is unlikely they will order evacuations due to this storm, property owners on the coast will need to pay attention to weather forecasts and should expect direct impacts to the beaches and dune systems.
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