Flagler County starts sandbag operations at 2 locations Monday

November 6, 2022 – Flagler County officials are starting sandbag operations on the barrier island Monday as the two certainties about the weather system approaching – with elevated winds, higher tides, and surf – is that the Intracoastal Waterway will see tides about a foot above normal, and that the beach and dunes will take a pounding.

“Hurricane Ian has significantly impacted our Atlantic Coast dune system,” said Emergency Management Director Jonathan Lord. “We know we are going to suffer some impacts from this storm, and we want residents to be as prepared as they can be.”

Mainland Flagler County, with the possible exception of some flooding for properties along the Intracoastal, will not be impacted by this storm.

“This is a coastal event,” Lord said.

Residents are limited to 10 sandbags per household.

Sand and bags, as well as manpower, will be available at the following locations on Monday:

  • Flagler Technical College – 5633 N. Oceanshore Blvd., The Hammock – 8 a.m. until supplies are gone.
  • Bay Drive Park – 30 Bay Drive, The Hammock – 8 a.m. until supplies are gone.

While it is unlikely Flagler County will order evacuations due to this storm, property owners on the coast will need to pay attention to weather forecasts and should expect direct impacts to the beaches and dune systems.

Coastal Construction Control Line (CCCL) permitting for repair work post Hurricane Ian – other than dune walkover repairs – continue to be under the authority of FDEP.  Emergency permits through FDEP can be obtained online through: https://floridadep.gov/rcp/coastal-construction-control-line/content/coastal-construction-control-line-emergency-permitting.

By Julie Murphy

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