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  • Scam alert

    Levy County Emergency Management wants to warn the residents of Levy County to be on the lookout for people attempting to scam residents that have been affected by Hurricane Hermine.

    There have been reports in surrounding counties of people offering to assist with FEMA claims for a fee.  Please do not fall for this.  FEMA has not opened the claim period as of yet, and even when they do, they will not require any other person or entity to assist with filing the claim.

  • Friday update on Hurricane Hermine

     Some things gleaned from the morning conference call:

    "It could have been much worse. There was no loss of life," said Levy County Commission Chair John Meeks of Bronson.

    That sums it up as emergency management and county agencies set about helping residents recover from the effects of Hurricane Hermine. 

    • The storm surge did not reach 11 feet, but it was measured at 8.5feet above mean sea level. Cedar Key is still experiencing flooding problems and entry is only being allowed to residents and recovery workers.

  • EMS calls suspended in part of Levy

      Levy County Department of Public Safety has notified Emergency Management they have suspended their responses for emergency calls to Cedar Key and the area west of CR 347 north to the entrance of the Lower Suwannee refuge .

    This is due to deteriorating conditions making it unsafe for emergency crews.

  • News on Hermine — all bad

    Only 30 people have sought out shelter at the three schools, Williston High and Bronson and Chiefland Elementaries, leading to officials' concerns that many people may be in danger from a predicted 11-foot surge at 3 a.m. when high tide arrives in Cedar Key. 

  • Sheriff says to evacuate immediately

     From the Sheriff's office:

    The National Weather Service has issued updated information impacting Levy County. Tidal surge is now predicted to reach 11 feet above Mean Sea Level (MSL) near or at high tide at 3 AM. Residents in areas affected by tidal surge should EVACUATE IMMEDIATLEY. Emergency Services WILL NOT be able to reach you in the event you require assistance if you refuse to evacuate.

  • Hurricane warning, watches for Levy

    The National Hurricane Center has issued a Hurricane Watch for the area from Anclote Key to the Suwannee River that includes tLevy County.

    A Hurricane Warning has been issued for the Suwannee River north toMexico Beach.

    With that announcement, the Levy County Department of Public Safety pulled its ambulance from the Cedar Key area and brought it to Bronson. Residents with special needs can evacuate to the special needs shorter at Bronson Elementary School. 

  • Storm news from the Levy Health Department
  • Mandatory evacuation order, shelters opening

     

  • Mandatory evacuation for Cedar Key, coastal areas

     A mandatory evacuation is being ordered for Cedar Key, Yankeetown and other coastal areas of Levy County this morning (Thursday, Sept. 1) and areas along the Swannee River. 

    Sheriff's Lt. Scott Tummond confirmed the reports of a mandatory evacuation and said two ore shelters have been opened: at Bronsson Elementary and Chiefland Elementary Schools. One shelter, at Williston High School opened on Wednesday when a voluntary evacuation was ordered. 

  • Cedar Key braces for Tropical Storm Hermine

    The Island Storm is the name of the favorite drink among customers at the just-opened 1842 Daily Grind & Mercantile in Cedar Key, on the corner of 2nd Street and State Road 24.