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  • 4 p.m. Update: Out of gas, again

    Levy County Emergency Management is reminding all residents to be sure that they are prepared for the effects of Hurricane Matthew as it travels up Florida's Atlantic Coast.

    But that could be difficult as gas stations in Williston and Bronson were reported to be out of fuel by 4 p.m. Thursday and Chiefland was being surveyed for supplies by emergency management officials. Trucks to refuel the stations are expected to deliver soon.

  • 11 a.m. Matthew Update: More closings announced

    Here's the latest from the Levy County Emergency Management Department:

    • Levy County is under a Tropical Storm Warning and the county can expect 30 mph winds with 50 mph gusts. But if Hurricane Matthew moves any more to the west, residents need to be prepared for higher winds. This storm's path could change at the last minute.

    • This is not expected to be a rainfall event. 

    • Shelters are not being opened at this time. 

  • School closed Friday; storm update after 11 a.m.

    Here is the latest from the Levy County Emergency Management and the next update will come at 11 a.m. after a briefing:

    "There is notmuch change in the track (of Hurricane Matthew) and we expected that, said David Peaton, assistant director at LCEM. 

    He said the Levy County School Board will close schools on Friday. "So those are the biggest changes. The shelter is not up, evacuations are not ordered."

  • Tropical storm watch issued for Levy

    TROPICAL STORM WATCH ISSUED FOR LEVY AND SURROUNDING AREAS

     

    A tropical storm watch has been issued for Levy County and is effective until further notice.  A Tropical Storm watch means that the potential exists for Tropical Storm force winds over the next 48 hours.

     

    Residents must take steps to protect their property from 30-40 mph winds that could affect items that are not secured.

     

    Tomorrow morning, the Levy County School Board will make the determination on the status of schools on Friday.

  • SBA offers disaster assistance to residents ffected by Hurricane Hermine

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet issued the following statement after the announcement of the Presidential disaster declaration for several counties in Florida affected by Hurricane Hermine that occurred on Aug. 31-Sept. 1.

  • Library closed by mold from Hermine

    It reads like something from a horror novel: The old hotel was dark, as there was no power. It was smothering inside while temperatures outside in the 90s with high humidity. And it smelled like a sewer. The elevator shaft resembled a science esperiment gone awry. And mold was growing up shelves from the floor. This was a dangerous place.

  • FEMA assistance to start flowing

     

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    WASHINGTON –The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Florida to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Hermine during the period of August 31 to September 11, 2016.

  • Why FEMA is not here, yet

     

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    If you suffered damage when Hurricane Hermine swept by on Sept. 1 and are wondering why FEMA has not shown up to stroke a check it is not going to happen.

    FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, doers not do things that way any longer. Since 2002 there has been a federal law setting in place a process for obtaining federal aid.

  • Recreation impact fee money closes gap for Shell Mound road

    That worn out, way too narrow strip of asphalt known as Shell Mound Road will finally be widened to 22 feet, have guardrails in a vulnerable spot and be repaved, thanks to the county recreation impact fee fund.

  • Volunteers are REALLY needed

    The two most affected areas impacted by Hurricane Hermine in Levy County are Cedar Key and Yankeetown. The residents and businesses in this community need volunteers who are able to offer their “muscle.”  Heavy lifting and the physical labor associated with removing substantial debris seem to be the most problematic in their towns.
    Anyone wishing to assist in Cedar Key is asked to go to the Cedar Key Fire Station located at the intersection of Dock Street and First.