Citrus County and City of Crystal River under local state of emergency

5:56 PM, Jun 26, 2012   |    comments
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Citrus County, Florida-- Shortly after 3 p.m. today, Tropical Storm Debby made landfall in Dixie County. According to Citrus County Sheriff's Office, this places Citrus County and the City of Crystal River under a local state of emergency.

Officials say residents along the coastline should expect rising water levels and potential flooding to begin now, and occur again at high tide tonight, 9:56 p.m. and then again at 10:25 a.m. on Wednesday.

Citrus County may also see an increase in winds overnight with possible gusts of 40 to 50 mph.

According to CCSO, no mandatory evacuations have been ordered, but emergency management officials are opening a special needs shelter and a pet-friendly/general population shelter:

  • Special needs shelter: Renaissance Center in Lecanto at 3630 West Educational Path
  • Pet-friendly/general population shelter: Lecanto Primary School, 3790 W. Educational Path, Lecanto.  

They say both shelters will open at 7 p.m. tonight.

County sandbag distribution sites will remain open until 9 p.m. this evening at the following locations:

  • County park at the corner of Grover Cleveland Blvd. and Grandmarch Ave. in Homosassa, 
  • Hwy 44 East of Crystal River across from Dan's Clam Stand.
  • The sandbag pick-up located at the Crystal River Fire Station at 650 NW 3rd Ave is open 24 hours.

For information, citizens may call the Sheriff's Office Citizen Information Lines, which will open at 7 p.m. tonight. 527-2106 or 746-5470.

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