Suwannee Valley Times is distributed into the following cities and towns: Lake City, Live Oak, Madison, Branford, Dowling Park, Falmouth, Lee, Wellborn, Jasper, White Springs, Fort White, High Springs and Alachua

Columbia County Wednesday Morning Update 

Columbia County, Fla., – Columbia County residents should expect the heaviest Storm Elsa impacts between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.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. 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. Please call 386.719.7530 for Storm Elsa information.

Government Offices – Currently, 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.

Shelters – Three shelters will be open until 6:00 p.m. today, July 7. Individuals with special needs will have power supply for medical devices. These shelters are SHELTER ONLY, as 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