Columbia County Public Works is Prepared for Nicole
LAKE CITY, FLA., – (Columbia County, FL) The Columbia County Public Works department is preparing for Tropical Storm Nicole which is expected to be a Category 1 hurricane later today. Given forecasts predict Columbia County will receive 2- 4 inches of rain and possible wind gusts up to 40-50 mph, Public Works has activated its pre-storm response efforts.
“Based on the current forecast we do not foresee this storm causing major damage to Columbia County,” says Kevin Kirby, Columbia County Assistant County Manager, “however, Public Works is prepared for the worst with man-power, materials, and equipment if the storm changes course or conditions worsen at any time.”
Public Works staff has made numerous preparations for staff and equipment to ensure storm plans are in place and safety is the number one priority. Public Works trucks and equipment are ready for deployment if necessary. Currently, all County owned retention ponds are being pumped down to aid in possible flooding during the storm. Additionally, County bridges are being monitored.
Columbia County Public Works does not enter private property, but the department is working diligently to ensure all County owned property and roadways are prepared for the storm.
Citizens should contact Public Works at (386) 758-1019 to report issues.