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Leon County staying prepared for potential flooding

Posted at 5:40 PM, Jul 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 17:40:22-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — With heavy amounts of rain comes the potential threat of flooding for parts of the Big Bend.

When it comes to flooding, some communities face greater dangers than others.

"When it comes to tropical weather, anywhere in the community is susceptible to flooding when you have very large rainfall totals that tropical systems can bring," said Kevin Peters, Emergency Management Director of Leon County.

Making sure people are prepared at all times is a priority of the Leon County Public Safety Department.

"In this particular situation we are watching this week, we've made sandbags available at eight different stations throughout the community," said Peters.

Loading up on sandbags is not the only way to protect your house from high waters.

Drexel Harris, owner and insurance agent with Baker and Harris, says having flood insurance is a must.

"Normally there is a 30 day waiting period so you need to plan ahead and purchase the policy before there is a potential disaster," said Harris.

If you do not have 30 days there still might be hope to protect your home.

"There's a chance your agent can have access to a company that can get you coverage sooner then the 30 day waiting period," said Harris.

Harris says the average cost of flood insurance is $700 a year. A small price to pay when it comes to saving your home.

Harris wants to encourage people to reach out to him if they have any questions about flood insurance. The number to call is 850-386-1240.