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Weather Update-Governor declares State of Emergency

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From the Levy County Sheriff's Office

As a result of Tropical Storm Debby, an Executive Order of Emergency has been declared by Gov. Scott, which includes Levy County. The Board of County Commissioners for Levy County have also signed a Local Declaration of Emergency.

The recent heavy rains have caused sinkholes to form, roads to flood and weakened the root systems on some of our trees, making them vulnerable to the winds. Drivers are cautioned to stay off of flooded roadways and be aware that roads could become obstructed with debris.

At 9:55 a.m. Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith has ordered the closure of the Waccasassa River, Suwannee River and Withlacoochee River to all boating traffic. The following boat ramps will be closed to all boating traffic: the ramp at the western end of SR 40 in Yankeetown, Shell Mound, Fowlers Bluff, Clay Landing, Camp Azalea, Waccasassa boat ramp at CR 326 and the #4 boat ramp in Cedar Key, all City maintained ramps in Cedar Key and Yankeetown. All citizens are urged to stay off the water until the ramps have been re-opened and the waterways deems safe for navigation.

Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson has also ordered the closure of the George T. Lewis airport in Cedar Key.

 Levy County Emergency Management is monitoring the storm very closely and we stand prepared to assist our citizens during this storm.

EM Director Johnson has requested the opening of the Inglis Community Center located behind Town Hall for any residents of Yankeetown who feel they would be safer at this location. The Rosewood Baptist Church is on stand-by for any residents of Cedar Key should the need arise.