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Columbia County: Elsa Is Here, It Could Have Been Worse

National Hurricane Center graphic
National Hurricane Center storm graphic

Paula Vann, Columbia County public information officer3 pm update:  Due to current and projected storm conditions, Columbia County is closing the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Citizens Information Center (CIC), and the three shelters.

COLUMBIA COUNTY, FL –  Columbia County residents should expect the heaviest Storm Elsa impacts between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00p.m.today. Rainfall in Columbia County is still estimated to be between 4 to 6 inches and tropical storm force wind gusts (55-60 mph) are anticipated at various times throughout the day.

National Hurricane Center
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Some areas may experience locally heavier amounts of rain. We urge Columbia County residents to remain cautious and stay posted for updates and ensure you are prepared.

• Citizens Information Center (CIC) – The CIC is open. Call 386-719-7530 for Storm Elsa information.

• Government Offices – The following government offices plan to reopen normal business operations tomorrow, July 8.

Columbia County Board of County Commissioners
Columbia County Courts
Columbia County Clerk of Courts
Columbia County Tax Collector
Columbia County Property Appraiser
Columbia County Supervisor of Elections
City of Lake City  

• Garbage Pick-up – Garbage pick-up will commence when storm-winds are below 30 mph. If citizen’s garbage is not picked up today, it will be picked up on Thursday, July 8. 

meeting at Columbia County Emergercy Operations Center
The County 5 held an update meeting at the Emeregency Operations Center at 9 am this morning. All City and County storm managers were there.  (Screen capture from Youtube)

• Shelters – Shelters will be open until 6:00 p.m. today, July 7. Individuals with special needs will have power supplied for medical devices. 

Shelters are shelter only. No food or beverages will be provided. 

Shelter locations are as follows: 

Westside Community Center, 431 SW Birley Ave, Lake City, FL 32024
Ft. White Community Center, 17579 FL-47, Fort White, FL 32038
Winfield Community Center, 1324 NW Winfield St, Lake City, FL 32055

Paula Vann is Columbia County Public Information Officer. Graphics and links added by the Observer

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