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Flash Flood Watch issued for Big Bend area

Posted at 2:47 PM, Jan 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-02 15:17:02-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning in several Big Bend Counties until 6:45 p.m. Saturday.

The following counties are under a flash flood warning:

  • Jefferson County
  • Southeastern Leon County
  • Northwestern Madison County
  • Central Wakulla County

Heavy rainfall is expected across the area on Saturday as a cold front stalls.

To help residents mitigate localized flooding caused by recent heavy rains, the City of Tallahassee has established a community sandbag location with 1,000 bags available.

The site is open at James Messer Park South, located at 2830 Jackson Bluff Road (on the south side of Jackson Bluff Road between Appleyard Drive and Dupree Street). The site will remain open until it is no longer needed.

Citizens need to bring their own shovels and be prepared to fill bags themselves. There is a 25 bag limit per household.

City crews will monitor the site and provide additional sand and bags as needed.

City crews have been checking known drainage trouble spots for blockages and clearing obstructions. Within the Tallahassee city limits, citizens may report blocked storm drains via the City’s free DigiTally app [talgov.com] or by calling 850-891-4968.

As always, be sure to follow the ABC 27 First Alert Weather Team on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to download the Storm Shield App to get watches and warnings delivered straight to your phone to stay updated on your forecast through the week. Get the app today: iPhone/iPad | Android.