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  • County extends emergency declaration

    The first order of actual business for the Levy County Commission on Tuesday was ratifying the declaration of an emergency that was signed on Wednesday, Aug. 31, by County Commission Chair John Meeks. It was unanimously ratified by the commission.

    Then the board went on to approve hearing a non-agenda item on extending the order another seven days. When asked why it was not being extended a full 14 days, County Attorney Anne Bast Brown said that is the limit by the state.

  • Hermine floods Levy with damage

    When Hurricane Hermine washed ashore in North Florida the counter clockwise winds were in the middle of doing its worst to Levy County.

    But we should have expected it, some joked, because The Weather Channel's best known hurricane hunter, Jim Cantore, had arrived the day before to do live shots of the wind and water.

    Cantore left town by mid-day Thursday, just as the winds and rains started.

    First a drizzle, then buckets of rain. The cooling breeze turned into a howl that hit buildings like a rock.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Hermine leaves widespread power outages in Levy County

    When Central Florida Electric Cooperative employee Dusty Aldridge was asked by a curious local along the side of State Road 320 about the extent of the power outages in the area, the longtime utility repairman’s answer was short and to the point.

    “There’s a bunch of ‘em,” he said.

    At lunchtime on Friday, there were 7,571 outages in Levy County, according to CFEC Communications Specialist Whitney McQueen, and 16,085 locations without power in the Tri-County area.

  • Friday morning 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.

  • Latest news from Levy Sheriff
  • 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 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.