Irma Update: Santa Fe River Rising to Unprecedented Levels


IrmaUpdate: Alachua County has consolidated down to one emergency shelter. The general population, those with pets, and those with special needs are sheltered at the Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center (1028 N.E 14th Street, Gainesville).

Water on the Santa Fe River is rising to unprecedented levels.

Alachua County is extending and expanding the mandatory evacuation for those in the flood plain adjacent to the Santa Fe River. We are expanding the area to include a mandatory evacuation for properties adjacent to creeks, rivers, and streams north of northwest 441. Impacted communities include High Springs, the City of Alachua, and the Town of Lacrosse.

There are three shelters in Alachua County available to evacuees now:

High Springs shelter (pet friendly): Fellowship Church (16916 N.W. US 441 , High Springs).
Gainesville shelter: Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center 1028 N.E 14th Street, Gainesville)
Special Needs Shelter: The Alachua County Senior Recreation Center (5701 N.W. 34th Blvd, Gainesville)

For those considering using the emergency shelters, please remember that general population shelters are a last resort.

General population shelters do not provide cots or beds. Bring any needed bedding. When packing to go to a shelter, please bring special dietary foods, baby food, diapers (and other child necessities), prescription medications, a small cooler of ice if refrigeration is needed as the shelter cannot be responsible for your medications. Also bring spare clothing, personal care items (hygiene, toiletries, etc.), spare eyeglasses/contacts, and identification.

For more information call 311.

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