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Residents in flood-prone areas urged to watch weather

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 4:35 pm

In preparation for up to 5 inches of rainfall over the next three days, and because some flood-prone areas remain saturated in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Osceola County is urging residents to remain vigilant, prepared and tuned in to local media and weather alert radios, if they have them.

On Friday, the county issued an automated phone call to at-risk residents, but this threat advisory is primarily for areas that are prone to flooding during heavy rain events, including Sherwood Forest, Buenaventura Lakes, Jade Isle and areas around East Lake Tohopekaliga.

County crews have been assessing the situation and preparing in advance of the rain as water levels remain well above normal.

South Florida Water Management District gates and flood control structures in the Upper Kissimmee Chain of Lakes are operating at maximum practical capacity to lower water levels in anticipation of a tropical disturbance passing over South Florida.

Osceola County officials will continue to monitor water levels and further advisories may be necessary depending upon confirmed rainfall.

The County’s notification system uses the 911 database. But residents can sign up to receive alerts on other numbers at http://alertosceola.org/.

Residents who encounter flooding in their homes should call 911.