Flooding is shown along Ken Knight Drive in Jacksonville. | News4JaxFlooding is shown along Ken Knight Drive in Jacksonville. | News4Jax
Flooding is shown along Ken Knight Drive in Jacksonville. | News4Jax

Flood risk continues after weekend storms

Published on December 18, 2023 at 12:44 pm

The sun has returned in Northeast Florida, but violent storms over the weekend left much of the area mopping up Monday.

The National Weather Service Jacksonville recorded 3.46 inches of rain from Saturday into Sunday, flooding roads and neighborhoods across the region. Many areas were still recovering Monday.

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The National Weather Service issued a coastal flood advisory until 5 a.m. Tuesday for communities along the St. Johns River. Lots, parks and roads could receive minor flooding, with isolated road closures possible, the Weather Service said.

In addition, a river flood warning was in effect for the North Fork of the Black Creek in Middleburg. Moderate flooding was occurring.

The Weather Service said the river was at 18.2 feet, more than 2 feet over the flood stage. At 19 feet, water begins to move into homes, the Weather Service said.

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The river was expected to fall below flood stage by late Monday evening and continue falling to 3.7 feet by Saturday morning.


CLAY COUNTY: Standing water remained on some roads, the county said in a news release. County officials warned about the dangers of driving on submerged roads. The Clay County school district said it would not tranport children living on dirt roads because the roads were unsafe Monday. School buses also could be delayed, the district said.

DUVAL COUNTY: Portions of the roadway on Ken Knight Drive, a notorious flooding spot, were under water Sunday. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office also closed roads from Edgewood Avenue from West Beaver Street to Broadway Avenue because of flooding, according to News4Jax. Flooding had begun to subside Monday, but standing water remained.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY: County officials say they will continue to monitor conditions for a couple of days, including the storm’s effect on a beach renourishment project. The county experienced moderate flooding and no reports of damage. The beach on Ocean Trace Drive to Mary Street was deemed safe for people to start driving on again, but signs were out warning beachgoers to remain cautious, News4Jax reported.

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