Irma Leaves Jacksonville Underwater As Rivers Overflow Their Banks
Rescue workers search a Jacksonville neighborhood for flood victims on Sept. 11, 2017.
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Record flood waters in Jacksonville, Florida, crippled the city’s infrastructure Monday as Irma continued to move north into Georgia.
Several bridges were closed due to the flood waters and residents were asked not to needlessly draw down on already strapped city resources. The mayor even advised those who need rescuing to raise a white flag to draw the attention of first-responders.
“Put a white flag outside your home that can be viewed so we can come get you,” Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said Monday. “The floodwaters are not going to recede today.”
The St. Johns River, meanwhile, reached 5.22 feet above normal, surpassing the record of 4.1 feet set in 1965 during Hurricane Dora, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
The National Weather Service and the city of Jacksonville also issued a shelter-in-place warning Monday until 12:45 ET as flash flooding peaked and waterways continued to overflow, particularly with high tide.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department In addition to several of the city’s major bridges, the airport had also closed as officials worked to reestablish operations.
Jacksonville schools were to be closed Tuesday …read more
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