Sandbags offered to Wakulla County residents

Posted at 1:07 PM, May 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-27 13:07:00-04

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Wakulla County officials have begun offering sandbags to residents ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto.

Wakulla Emergency Management has been monitoring Alberto as the storm my bring localized pond and river flooding.

They say sandbags will be available on Sunday at the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office for residents living in flood prone areas. Officials are also standing by at the location to assist residents. 

Coastal Flooding is forecast at 2 to 4 feet above sea level.

At 2 to 4 feet of inundation, officials are expecting the surge to cover Bottoms Road in Panacea, Mashes Sands Road in the area of Blue Crab Lane in Ochlochonee Bay, and the low areas of Riverside Drive and Old Fort Road Areas in St. Marks.

Officials are also warning about power outages, as the area is forecast to receive gusts above minimum tropical storm strength.

"In this situation we can use a simple rule of thumb, 'Run from water and hide from wind,'" WCSO wrote on its Facebook page. If you feel unsafe where you are due to rising waters, you should go to higher ground. If you feel unsafe due to wind, move into an interior room. 

Wakulla Emergency Management says they will continue to monitor this situation as it develops.