34 Homes Report Damage in Latest Flooding Totals as Rain Resumes; Graham Swamp Overflows
FlaglerLive | September 29, 2014
Last Updated: 9:01 p.m.
After 36 hours of calm and dry conditions in Palm Coast and Flagler, rain started falling again, heavily in much of Palm Coast, even as swales and ditches had not had time enough to soak up the weekend’s flood-producing downpours. Today’s rain is expected to continue through evening.
Flagler County Emergency Management reports this afternoon that residents reported some kind of damage to 34 homes or structures, a larger number than reported over the weekend. In addition, six people reported damage to their vehicle. But no one has had to evacuate a single home despite damage. (An earlier version of this story had reported EOC’s first estimate of 56 damaged homes and nine damaged vehicles. EOC corrected those figures the next day.)
Tonight, after more ran kept falling much of the afternoon and evening, Graham Swamp was overflowing its banks and sending enough water onto Old Kings Road to reduce that road to one lane. As a precaution, and because more rain was in the forecast overnight, Old Kings Road was being shut down around 8:30 p.m. at Oak Trails on the north end (by the entrance to the Woodlands), all the way to Town Center Boulevard. Traffic is being rerouted at either end.
The National Weather Service had issued a flood advisory, in effect until 1:30 p.m., for Palm Coast, Bunnell, Flagler Beach and the rest of Flagler County, and a flood watch had been in effect through this evening. It was later extended to 5 a.m. Tuesday as more rain was expected overnight. A coastal flood advisory is also in effect.
Damage reports have been concentrated in the W and B Sections.
“The major concentration is obviously in the B and W Sections, but also have a few reports in the S and L Sections,” Jennifer Stagg of Flagler County Emergency Management said during a conference call at 4:15 p.n. “We have had some reports of damage to docks and gazebos but not actual homes.”
“The only thing close to structural damage is we did have a tree fall on a vehicle and totaled out the vehicle,” Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie said.
There could be 2 to 3 more inches today and 2 to 3 inches on Tuesday. “However, National Weather Service in Jacksonville reported today that right behind this is another frontal system that should be hitting us next weekend,” Gutrhrie said.
Emergency operations have been in contact with the agricultural extension office. “They’re reporting to us that as of this time the agricultural impacts have been minimal,” Guthrie said.
The Palm Coast and county wastewater systems have been handling the excess capacity, Guthrie said, and are prepared to do so continuously despite additional rain–unless another major rain event takes place, as it did on Friday evening and Saturday morning. “There’s no system in the United States that can handle 9 to 13 inches of rain in one hour,” Guthrie said.
At noon Monday, National Weather Service doppler radar was indicating heavy rain from a slow-moving system from the west, likely to produce 1 to 2 inch rainfall on top of already saturated ground, “which will likely aggravate already flooded conditions in low lying areas along with enhance ponding of water on roadways through the early afternoon hours,” the weather service statement said.
The broader advisory cautions against locally heavy downpours that may exceed 3 inches, along with thunderstorms. The flood watch means that the potential for flooding is there, and residents should monitor emergency services, weather and news reports for possible upgrades to flood warnings, when actual flooding is imminent or observed.
Guthrie said that the message of “resounding importance” of the last few days is that flood insurance is a must for homeowners. Many people have called in to emergency operations to complain that they have no flood insurance to cover damages. “Well, that’s one of those areas where there’s not a whole lot we can do to help out that homeowner,” Guthrie said. Emergency management plans a broader campaign to encourage homeowner flood insurance, once the string of storms calms down.
Just after noon today Bob Pickering, Flagler County Emergency Management’s weather specialist, issued an updated rainfall total for the weekend, confirming that the maximum rainfall was recorded in the heart of Palm Coast, and exceeded 15 inches. That total was 16.20 inches at Palm Coast Parkway and Belle Terre Parkway.
The totals are as follows:
Amount / Location / Source / Notes
2.40” / Bunnell / Flagler EOC / 0800hrs 9/29/2014
6.00” / Wheeling Lane Palm Coast / Skywarn / 0800hrs 9/29/2014
5.00” / Crompton Pl – Palm Coast / Skywarn / 1550hrs 9/28/2014
6.00” / Woodcliff Ln – Palm Coast / Skywarn / 1236hrs 9/28/2014
2.14” / Eagle Rock Estates / Skywarn / 1145hrs 9/28/2014
6.59” / Country Club Cove / Skywarn / 1120hrs 9/28/2014
16.20” / WtP 1 Corp Dr, Palm Coast / City of Palm Coast / 0600hrs 9/28/2014
2.90” / WtP 2 Citation Dr Palm Coast / City of Palm Coast / 0600hrs 9/28/2014
11.85” / WtP 3 Peavee Grade Palm Coast / City of Palm Coast / 0600hrs 9/28/2014
1.87” / Flagler Beach / Skywarn / 0847hrs 9/28/2014
7.05” / Northeast Palm Coast Canals / Skywarn / 0841hrs 9/28/2014
10.44” / Farmsworth Ln Palm Coast / Skywarn / 1759hrs 9/27/2014
3.64” / Lehigh Woods Palm Coast / Skywarn / 0850hrs 9/27/2014
9.08” / Clubfield Dr Palm Coast / Skywarn / 0844hrs 9/27/2014
9.68” / 22 Barrington Drive Palm Coast / Skywarn / 0003hrs / 9/27/2014
The following roads remain closed:
Flagler County – Hargrove Grade-Otis Stone to Hargrove at the rail road tracks.
Flagler County – Otis Stone Hunter from US Highway 1 to Main Street.
The following parks and programs are closed or cancelled:
The City of Palm Coast’s Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool is closed today (Monday, Sept. 29).
The Palm Coast Tennis Center is closed today.
The Palm Harbor Golf Club is closed today.
The Palm Coast Citizens Academy for today is canceled.
Please report any and all damage that may be associated with this recent storm to the Flagler County Emergency Operations Center at 386-313-4200.
To report traffic issues and impassable streets, or for other concerns and non-emergencies in the City of Palm Coast, call Customer Service at 396-986-2360 during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call 386-313-4911 after regular business hours. The City of Palm Coast is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through those two telephone numbers.
Sandbags: The City of Palm Coat has free sandbags and a sand station at the Public Works yard, located at 1 Wellfield Grade, Palm Coast. These are available at any time. Free sandbags are also available during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, at Palm Coast City Offices, 160 Cypress Point Parkway Suite B-106, and at Palm Coast Utility Offices, 2 Utility Drive.
In addition to the sand station at the Palm Coast Public Works yard, residents who already have sandbags can get sand for their sandbags at stations at Holland Park, Indian Trails Sports Complex and Seminole Woods Park. This is self-service.
Bob Pickering got a few questions few questions about other rain-related events in Flagler County. He provided the following list for the last five years. The most extreme event was on October 11, 1989, when stationary thunderstorms dumped over 16” of rain in one day in Palm Coast. This caused flooding, stalled vehicles and road closures. However due to the drought that year, once rain ended the water drained off fairly quickly. Numbers from more recent events:
Rain Totals from 4/28/2013 to 5/4/2013
Amount / Location / Source / Notes
9.67” / Bunnell / Flagler EOC
9.75” / Daytona North – Mondex / Skywarn
10.65” / Flagler Beach / Skywarn
9.28” / West Palm Coast / Skywarn / Lehigh Woods
10.40” / NW Palm Coast / Skywarn / 2.20” occurred in one hour during “supercell storm” as it died overhead.
8.07” / East Palm Coast / Skywarn / Palm Harbor
9.01” / NE Palm Coast / Skywarn / Palm Harbor, In the canal section
13.75” / Bulow / Public Works
Rainfall 10/8/2012 storm totals
Amount / Location / Source / Notes
0.60” / East Bunnell / Flagler EOC /
4.00” / NW Palm Coast / Skywarn / Pine lakes Pkwy & Belle Terre N.
4.02” / NW Palm Coast / Skywarn / Street flooding in area – Burchwood Dr.
3.66” / NW Palm Coast / Skywarn / Road under water – Barrington Dr.
2.90” / East Central Palm Coast / FCES Staff /
0.12” / Flagler Beach / Skywarn
1.55” / East Palm Coast / Skywarn
1.71” / Northeast Palm Coast / Skywarn
5.90” / Northwest Palm Coast / WFTV / Weather Watcher for WFTV relayed by Tom Terry.
2.84” / North Palm Coast / Skywarn
4.00” / County Fairgrounds / Ag Ext Office / Some flooding in the building.
3.50” / Central Palm Coast / Skywarn
Rainfall Reports 10/7-10/2011
Amount / Location / Source / Notes
4.22” / Bunnell / Flagler EOC / Storm Total 10/7-10/2011 0800
2.21” / County Airport / Airport Staff / Storm Total 10/7-10/2011 0800
4.57” / Flagler Beach / Skywarn / Storm Total 10/7-10/2011 0800
4.50” / Ag Center / Ag Center Staff / Storm Total 10/7-10/2011 0800
4.32” / Northwest Palm Coast / Skywarn / Storm Total 10/7-10/2011 0800
4.00” / South Central Palm Coast / Skywarn / Storm Total 10/7-10/2011 0800
2.55” / North Palm Coast / Skywarn / Storm Total 10/7-10/2011 0800
2.52” / East Palm Coast / Skywarn / Storm Total 10/7-10/2011 0800
6.10” / East Palm Coast / Skywarn / Storm Total 10/7-10/2011 0800
7.10” / Central Palm Coast / Skywarn / Storm Total 10/7-10/2011 0800
Rainfall Reports 5/17-24/09 as of 0800hrs Storm Totals FINAL:
Amount / Location / Source / Notes:
21.70” / Bunnell / Flagler EOC
17.80” / North Palm Coast / ARES / North “F” section – Includes Sunday Rain
27.50” / County Fairgrounds / U of F Ag Agent
15.58” / Northeast Palm Coast / Skywarn / Retired TV Meteorologist
20.00” / South Central Palm Coast / EOC Staff / P section
21.50” / South Flagler Beach / Skywarn
17.50” / East Palm Coast / ARES-REACT / C section of PC
31.00” / Downtown Bunnell / School Staff /
20.75” / Town Center Palm Coast / Town Center / East of Bunnell
20.10” / Palm Coast / City of Palm Coast / Water Plant # 1 Corp. Drive
23.30” / Palm Coast / City of Palm Coast / Water Plant # 2 Citation Drive
18.22” / North Flagler Beach / ARES-REACT
25.70” / Haw Creek / CERT
21.50” / Northwest Palm Coast / REACT / Indian Trails Section North
21.90” / Northwest Palm Coast / ARES-REACT / Pine Lake Apartments
19.71” / Flagler County Airport / Airport Staff
18.20” / Southeast Palm Coast / ARES-REACT
18.25” / East Palm Coast / Skywarn / C section of PC