Dixie County has experienced significant areal flooding throughout the county.
The EOC remains at a level 2 activation
A local state of emergency was enacted Saturday, August 1st at 5:00pm. However, there has not been a federal declaration of emergency declared, which means there is no FEMA assistance at this time.
The general needs shelter closed today at 6pm due to lack of use.
In the past 48 hours, ground records have indicated 15+ inches of rain.
If you are having problems in areas served by public water/sewer systems, please contact your local utility company to make sure they are aware of problems in your area. (Town of Cross City (352) 498-3306)
The DOH has recommended a "boil water notice" for any private wells with water over the well- casing. If your well has been flooded, please call the Dixie County Health Department for information on how to sample your water and information on where to bring the sample for bacteriological testing. (352) 498-1360
The DOH also advised residents to take precautions to avoid mosquito born diseases. The public should remain diligent in preventative measures like “Drain and Cover.”
For more information, please visit their website at www.floridahealth.gov Water is available at the following locations- you must bring your own containers!
1) OLD TOWN EMS station- 307 NE 349 Hwy Old Town
2) First District EMS station- 12756 NE 351 Hwy Old Town
3) Cross City EMS station- 405 SE 22nd Avenue Cross City
As of today, we have distributed over 5000 sandbags. A limited number of sandbags are available at the county yard. (You must pick them up- the county does not deliver them) The county yard is located at 155 SE 309 Street in Cross City. Their phone number is 352-498-1239.
During the preliminary damage assessment today: there were 10 homes with major damages , 15 homes with minor damages, 125 homes affected by the flood, and 215 homes that were inaccessible due to flooding.
The DOT is monitoring the bridges on highway 19 near the county line.
The mission of the Dixie County Emergency Services Office is to provide for, supervise, support, and train Fire and EMS departments within Dixie County. Further, this office will strive to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Dixie County in accordance with Florida laws, county policies and sound emergency management practices.
Dixie County Emergency Services provides fire & rescue services, emergency medical services, and is responsible for coordinating mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery efforts for emergency events in the county. Through planning and coordination we help to prepare Dixie County for threats from hurricanes and tropical storms, other weather emergencies, as well as man made or technological emergencies such as hazardous materials spills and wild fires.
The Dixie County Emergency Services Office will strive for professionalism in all areas of performance. We will provide the best possible services at the lowest possible cost to taxpayers of Dixie County and the State of Florida. We will apply the law and county policies fairly and consistently throughout the county. We will communicate openly with the public, elected officials, fellow Emergency Service departments and the law enforcement agencies we serve.
Dixie County Emergency Services serves a population of over 16,000 and has a service delivery area of 701 square miles. We also have over 7,000 visitors each year. We also hold a C.O.P.C.N for eastern portion of Taylor County, which adds approximately 1,500 residents and approximately 100 square miles.