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  • 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.

  • 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.

    For more information please contact the Levy County Emergency Management at 352-485-5155 or 352-486-5576.

  • Coastal Levy under Hurricane Warning, inland under Hurricane Watch

    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.

    Here's the latest:
    While Hurricane Hermine is heading for North Florida a hurricane watch remains in effect for coastal Levy , while a tropical storm watch remains in effect for inland Levy.

  • County closes parks

    Due to the impending storm Levy County has closed:

    • Shellmound

    • Devils Hammock

    • Henry Beck and Blue Springs parks and

    • all boatramps.

  • Coastal residents need to prepare for storm surge

    This message is for residents of Levy County west of US 19 in flood prone areas. The National Weather Service is predicting a tidal surge between 5 to 7 feet above Mean Sea Level (MSL) and 8 to 10 inches of rain. Tornado warnings for Levy County are being issued prior to and during the storm. Residents in low lying areas should expect flooding. Emergency response to affected areas will be suspended when sustained winds in excess of 40 miles an hour are reached.

  • Mandatory evacuation in Levy coastal areas, along Suwannee

    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. 

  • Boat ramps closed ahead of storm

    Sheriff Bobby McCallum, in preparation of incoming Tropical Depression 9, has ordered the closing of all boat ramps in Levy County beginning Wednesday morning.

    All boat ramps along the Suwannee River and south to the Inglis/Yankeetown area will be posted closed by tomorrow afternoon.

    Crews with Levy County Parks and Recreation will be placing signage and barricades at all county boat ramps. Residents who own watercraft and need to remove them from the water are asked to complete this as quickly and safely as possible.

  • Tuesday Update: We're going to be wet, wet, wet

    It's not Tropical Storm Hermine yet, but odds are when Tropical Depression 9 washes ashore on Wednesday night or Thursday morning it will have intensified enough to earn a name.
    “It's still a tropical depression turning into a tropical storm later today,” said Levy County Emergency Management Assistant Director David Peaton and Director John MacDonald.
    The two said TD 9 is expected to make its turn and speed up as it heads for a landfall into Citrus, Levy and Dixie counties.