Black Creek flooding not expected in Clay County from Tropical Storm Ian

Zoey Fields

Concerns about impacts from Tropical Storm Ian in Clay County have significantly decreased, County Emergency Management Director John Ward said Thursday morning.

The county was expected to get up to 15 inches of rainfall, which would have resulted in extreme flooding of Black Creek, Doctors Lake and the St. Johns River. Now, however, they are expecting around 3 to 5 inches over the area so flooding of Black Creek is not going to come to fruition, Ward said.
Clay County Emergency Management Director John Ward said evacuations remain present, but flooding less likely.Clay County Emergency Management Facebook

“We are still going to see a surge in water levels up the St. Johns River, the main body of Black Creek and Doctors Lake,” Ward said. “They are already at astronomical tides of about one and a half feet above normal.”

Ward said the rainfall could increase water levels to another three feet which would cause the water to come up past docks, sea walls and, potentially, cause wave action into the morning on Friday, Sept. 30.

Clay County remains under a tropical storm warning and shelters will remain open through the night Thursday, he said. Evacuation orders for Zones A, B, C and the North and South prongs of Black Creek are still in effect.

“There is a little concern about what the storm is going to do as it hits the Atlantic,” Ward said. “It shouldn’t really cause us any further impacts, but we will keep monitoring it throughout the day.”

Ward acknowledged the damage seen in Southwest Florida and announced that the Clay County Sheriff’s Office is preparing to send a strike team down to help those areas affected by catastrophic winds and rain. The county is working with its regional partner and preparing to send Clay County Fire and Rescue assets down to assist as well, he said.

“Please don't let your guard down, Clay County,” he said. “Don’t start driving around and looking just yet. There are still trees and powerlines down that could put you in danger.”

Residents can still call for assistance with their questions at 877-252-9362 or check for updates online at Click here to be taken to the alert page.

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