PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Pinellas County partially activated its Emergency Operations Center in response to persistent heavy rain. This allows county and partner agencies to better coordinate resources and operations.
The Citizen Information Center is now open, residents can call (727) 464-4333 to report issues or for more information.
Pinellas County has made sandbags available to the public at John Chesnut Sr. Park, 2200 East Lake Road in Palm Harbor.
A shelter has been opened at Clearwater Community Church, 2897 Belcher Road in Dunedin and is available for residents who need to evacuate.
Motorists are urged to use care when driving through flooded areas, and to follow posted detour signs. Residents should stay tuned to local television and radio stations for traffic advisories, reports of flooding or other critical information.
Residents should follow these safety tips to help stay safe:
- Avoid contact with flood waters if possible. Those who do come into contact with flood waters should thoroughly rinse any exposed body parts with soap and sanitized or disinfected water.
- Never drive through moving water or standing water. Standing water that is only two feet deep can disable most vehicles. If the road isn’t visible, drivers should turn around.
- Floodwaters may conceal holes or dangerous objects.
- Avoid walking in flooded areas or rapidly flowing water. Only six inches of fast-flowing water can sweep you off your feet.
- If an area is barricaded, there is a reason. Find an alternate route.
- Treat non-functioning traffic signals as a four-way stop.
- Avoid downed or hanging power lines. Always assume the power line is live.
- Be especially cautious at night, when it is harder to see possible flood dangers.
For more information on emergency preparedness, visit http://www.pinellascounty.org/emergency and join Pinellas County EM on Twitter. Pinellas County government is also on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.