Volusia County officials prepare for strong storms on coast overnight – WFTV

Volusia County, Fla. – Volusia County Coast Guard officials are reminding residents to stay out of the water with rough waves as rain and wind are expected to continue overnight.

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The county is currently under a single red flag alert and will only upgrade to a double red flag if they believe large debris is in the water.

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The district’s public works team has also put in a lot of effort to help people rebuild their seafronts after last year’s cyclone.

In areas where seawalls are not ready, sandbag systems are in place to withstand these storm conditions.

District officials said they hope the sand bag system will catch even the most vulnerable parts of the beach.

The district administration has also taken some precautionary measures like removing trash cans and doggy bag dispensers from the beach.

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In Port Orange, the city has drained some ditches to reduce the risk of flooding in low-lying areas.

Volusia County Beach Patrol Deputy Chief Tammy Malphurs said she doesn’t think any local residents will try to swim in these conditions, but reminds them that if they do, her staff will have a hard time helping them.

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