Santa Rosa County officials have an 11 a.m. conference call with the National Weather Service in Mobile, at which they will learn more about the projected path of Tropical Storm Karen and its possible impacts on the Florida Panhandle.
Santa Rosa County Public Information Officer Joy Tsubooka stated that the county is currently fueling all equipment and putting Public Works staff on standby in anticipation of the approach of Tropical Storm Karen. Tsubooka stated that Holley Navarre Water System will turn off the reclaimed water pumps, which will potentially reduce the likelihood of flooding at the Holley by the Sea lakes at Sunrise Dr.
The County is asking residents to help prepare for the potential storm by clearing yards of anything that could clog ditches and drainage. This means residents should clear leaves, limbs and other landscaping debris as well as turn off any sprinkler systems. "Though we might not get a whole lot of wind impact from the storm, the ground is saturated and trees could go down rather easily," said Tsubooka. "We'll have our crews on standby to respond to emergency situations when it's safe for them and to make sure drainage is clear and working as it should."
Check this site and our Facebook page frequently for updates. Also, call the Santa Rosa County Citizens Information Line for all storm-related issues at 850-983-4636.
Meanwhile, here are a few things that residents should be attending to as the storm approaches:
- Be sure that you know your evacuation zones and routes, should an evacuation become necessary.
- Be sure that your vehicles' gas tanks are full.
- Be sure you have plenty of cash, batteries, water and non-perishable foods.
- Be sure to have an ample supply of all vital medications.