More Heavy Rains Could Lead to Local Flooding; What You Can Do
Recent heavy rains coming on the heels of Hurricane Irma have raised water levels in the Indian River Lagoon and the St. Johns River significantly.
Water that drains off of buildings and streets goes into ponds, ditches and canals that ultimately flow to one of these two rivers.
The City of Melbourne’s stormwater drainage system is functioning, but the high water levels in the rivers are keeping the water in the system instead of allowing it to drain out into the river.
If we have additional heavy rains while the rivers are high, there will likely be drainage issues and an elevated threat for local flooding in low-lying areas.
Residents living in low lying areas and along the water should continue to closely monitor weather conditions and take necessary precautions to protect their property should heavy rains continue.
All residents are asked to do the following to help prevent flooding during this time:
- Ensure storm debris is not placed in the roadway, in drainage areas or on top of stormwater drains.
- Turn off automatic sprinklers.
- Limit washing clothes, flushing toilets, doing dishes, and taking long showers to reduce the stress on an already overloaded sewer system.
- Melbourne residents needing additional protection may call the City of Melbourne Public Works department at 321-608-5000 to arrange to pick up sandbags.
- The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office will be distributing sandbags Oct. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until supplies are depleted at the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Jail Complex, 860 Camp Road, Sharpes. For more information, see this news release from Brevard County.