Tropical Storm Cristobal may bring heavy rains to area
June 5, 4 p.m. - It's the first week of hurricane season and the latest update from US National Weather Service in Mobile forecasts Tropical Storm Cristobal to move north towards the north central gulf coast over the weekend. A tropical storm watch is now in effect for Santa Rosa County. Heavy rainfall and localized flooding is possible late Saturday night through early Monday morning, especially closer to the coast. Santa Rosa County Emergency Management officials encourage residents to monitor local weather reports throughout the weekend.
In anticipation of the potential for heavy rains, the county's public works department has sand available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the following locations:- The corner of Leisure St. and Citrus Dr. in Navarre
- Tiger Point Park in Gulf Breeze
- Pace Fire-Rescue in Pace
- The corner of Pine Forest Rd. and Carroll Rd. in Milton
Residents must provide their own sandbags and shovel. Bags can be purchased for approximately 50 cents each at local hardware stores. For information on how to make and use sandbags, visit the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes. While sandbags can help mitigate to an extent, buying flood insurance is the best protection against flood loss.
"Flood insurance will save your savings," said Public Safety Director Brad Baker. "Flood insurance is a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of flood damage."
Floods are the nation's most common and costly natural disaster and cause millions of dollars in damage every year. And get it sooner rather than later - flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period.
For current weather events, visit www.weather.gov/mob. Sign up for local weather and other disaster alerts at www.alertsantarosa.com. For information on preparing for disasters, visit www.santarosa.fl.gov/emergency or pick up a disaster guide at Santa Rosa County Emergency Management, 4499 Pine Forest Rd. in Milton.
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