Posted at 9:00 a.m. on 10/30/2017 – A portion of Williams Road (north of Wetumpka) will be closed each day from today, Monday October 30th through Thursday November 2nd from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day due to utility work being performed in this area. Williams Road from the address of 2486 to the west entrance of Justiss Drive will be closed each day. If and as we are notified of any changes to the road closure schedule we will post updates to the road conditions page of our website at www.elmorecoema.com as well as send out updates to our stakeholder, partner agencies and the media.
The following Press Release is from ALDOT it contains great messaging information to help our FL friends return home when it’s safe to do so.
Posted at 8:25 a.m. on 9-12-2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2017
Important Information from the Alabama Department of Transportation
MONTGOMERY – As the remnants of Hurricane Irma move through Alabama with tropical storm strength, the Alabama Department of Transportation is ramping up efforts with state and local law enforcement to conduct the state’s largest ever movement of evacuee traffic returning to Florida and Georgia.
Up to 500,000 vehicles carrying evacuees are expected to return to Florida and Georgia through some part of Alabama, either from sheltering in north or central Alabama or even further north, or as far west as Mississippi.
State officials are preaching safety and patience as hundreds of thousands of evacuees have begun moving south and east in a process that will take several days because of heavy traffic volumes and because workers are still working to clear some areas for safe re-entry.
ALDOT officials urge travelers to spread traffic loads across all available southbound and eastbound routes rather than overloading major routes such as U.S. 231, Interstate 65 and Interstate 10.
ALDOT is implementing proactive steps to maintain maximum efficiency along major southbound and eastbound roadways. Along U.S. 231 from Troy to Dothan, ALDOT will be working with local officials to adjust traffic signals to give as much priority time as possible to southbound evacuee and relief convoy traffic. In Mobile, officials are prepared to divert eastbound Interstate 10 truck traffic around the Wallace Tunnel in an effort to reduce congestion.
Despite efforts to minimize traffic back-ups, ALDOT officials advise that drivers should expect congestion as state, U.S. and interstate highways into Florida and Georgia will be used by residents returning home and convoys of personnel and resources to aid in hurricane recovery.
Over the next few days, ALDOT personnel will be working to clear debris from state, U.S. and interstate highways and to repair damage to roadway infrastructure.
ALDOT’s priority is to safely deploy crews to assess damage, clear debris and make repairs that may be necessary to roads, bridges, signs and traffic signals. ALDOT is maintaining a presence at the State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate transportation-related response with the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other state and local response agencies.
After responding to roadway and bridge priorities caused by Irma, ALDOT is preparing to mobilize personnel, trucks and resources to assist the Florida Department of Transportation with emergency recovery needs. Those response missions will be coordinated between the two states.
ALDOT is emphasizing the following key messages in the wake of Irma:
- Local traffic should be prepared for delays and congestion on major southbound and eastbound roadways, and should allow extra travel time for their routine commuting;
- Expect congestion and heavy traffic volumes from relief convoys heading to areas affected by Irma and from evacuees returning home;
- Evacuees are urged to wait for weather and roadway conditions to improve before returning home, and should confirm that Florida officials have cleared their local areas for safe re-entry;
- Florida officials are recommending the use of FL511.com and fhmsmv.gov, along with @FLHSMV and @MyFDOT on Twitter, to help evacuees plan their return travel;
- ALDOT crews will work to clear debris from state, U.S. and interstate highways to restore traffic flow for emergency relief-related and routine travel;
- ALDOT crews will work to repair damage to roadways, bridges, signs and traffic signals as quickly as possible; and
- Crews will be working at all hours, so please be patient with recovery efforts and be watchful for first responders, highway repair crews, and utility workers on roadways and rights-of-way.
Motorists can find Alabama traffic and road condition information at www.ALGOtraffic.com or by downloading the ALGO Traffic app.
ALDOT’s mission is to provide a safe, efficient, environmentally sound transportation network across Alabama. For further information, visit www.dot.state.al.us.
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Update on potential impacts from Hurricane Irma for Elmore County
Posted at 8:00 a.m. on 9-10-2017
Elmore County is now covered by a Tropical Storm Warning as issued by the NWS Forecast Office in Birmingham. According to the NWS, at this point and under the current forecast, Elmore County will likely experience 20 to 40 mph sustained winds with gusts of 50 to 60 mph possible and 2 to 4 inches of rainfall may be experienced from early Monday through early Tuesday. Currently the sustained winds are forecast to increase tomorrow morning between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. and will not subside until closer the early morning hours Tuesday morning. The closer you travel east to the Alabama/Georgia state line, 40 to 50 mph sustained winds with gust of 50 to 70 mph are possible. Below is the latest Hazardous Weather Outlook from the NWS Forecast Office in Birmingham along with a couple of the updated graphics describing the threats and timing of the weather impacts expected. Also below is the latest graphic from the National Hurricane Center on the latest track on Hurricane Irma. We will continue to send out email updates and post the updates to our website, Facebook and Twitter as the forecast is updated. Please be prepared!
Also, we have updated the Safer Places that will be opening for these weather conditions on our website for further information, please check out our website at www.elmorecoema.com
Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
718 AM CDT Sun Sep 10 2017
718 AM CDT Sun Sep 10 2017
This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for the counties served by the
National Weather Service office in Birmingham.
.DAY ONE…Today and Tonight.
No hazardous weather is expected at this time.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Monday through Saturday.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for areas east of I-65.
Hurricane Irma will track northwest through Florida today and tonight
and across central Alabama Monday and Monday night. For Central
Alabama, the most active weather, including the highest wind gusts
and heaviest rainfall, is expected generally along and east of I-65
Monday and into early Tuesday. Winds sustained at 30 to 50 MPH, with
gusts of 50 to 70 MPH are likely in the warning area. This will
likely result in scattered downed trees and some power outages.
Tropical rains are expected to bring rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches
across east Alabama and 1 to 3 inches across west Alabama. Changes
to this forecast are possible and will depend on Irma`s track. Please
continue to monitor for the latest forecasts as Irma nears.
.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…
Activation of storm spotters and emergency management will be likely
Monday into early Tuesday.
Posted at 11:00 p.m. on 9-7-2017 – According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Elmore County could feel some impacts of Irma as the track late in the weekend shifts some to the west. The current forecast is for Hurricane Irma to make landfall at the southern tip of Florida Saturday night or very early Sunday morning. The current track carries the the storm into the State of Georgia through the day on Sunday and then possibly turning westerly and entering the east-central or north-east portion of the State of Alabama. As the system moves further north it will be decreasing in intensity. We will have a full updated forecast issued by the NWS tomorrow morning (9-8-17) and will post all updated information as the forecast is updated. We will continue to monitor this situation very closely and posts updates as needed. Stay tuned to the forecast and stay prepared!
Posted at 9:00 a.m. on 9-7-2017 – According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Irma is expected to pass north of Hispaniola today and be near the Caicos and Bahamas, moving west-northwest at 17 mph. Maximum sustained winds remain near 180 mph. Irma remains an extremely dangerous Category 5 Hurricane. Irma is expected to turn more northward Saturday over Florida. On this track, Hurricane Irma’s high impact weather looks to be east of our area this weekend and into early next week. According to the National Weather Service, the cool air that we are experiencing this morning is part of the system and trough that is going to cause the steering of Irma to the north, north east. Should the forecast track remain the same we will likely begin to see some breezy conditions late Sunday into Monday and they may linger as long as Wednesday.
Below is part of the latest forecast discussion posted by National Hurricane Center; a graphic from the National Hurricane Center showing the timing, intensity and the cone of uncertainty of Irma’s track; and a couple of graphics showing the models of many of the potential storm tracks.
This is a very dangerous system and will have catastrophic effects on the areas that it impacts. Use this time now to contact family and friends that you may have in the forecasted path to encourage them to put their Emergency Plans into action now.
Residents of Elmore County, this is a great time to review your Emergency Plans now! Should this system make any last minute drastic changes or should the next system impact our area, we need to be ready to put those emergency plans into action.
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
At 800 AM AST (1200 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 20.1 North, longitude 69.0 West. Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 17 mph (28 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue with some decrease in forward speed for the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should continue to move just north of the coast of Hispaniola today, be near the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas by this evening, and then be near the Central Bahamas by Friday. Maximum sustained winds remain near 180 mph (285 km/h) with higher gusts. Irma is a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 50 miles (85 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km). The latest minimum central pressure just reported by an Air Force Hurricane Hunter plane is 921 mb (27.20 inches).
9/6/2017 – 5:00 P.M. There are currently no emergency situations to be reported on in Elmore County. Elmore County EMA encourages everyone to “Be Ready!”
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Intergovernmental Affairs Division
Intergovernmental Affairs Advisory
HOW TO HELP DISASTER SURVIVORS IN TEXAS
August 29, 2017
The compassion and generosity of the American people is never more evident than during and after a disaster. It is individuals, non-profits, faith- and community-based organizations, private sector partners, and governmental agencies working together that will most effectively and efficiently help survivors cope with the impacts of Tropical Storm Harvey.
Please follow a few important guidelines below to ensure your support can be the most helpful for Tropical Storm Harvey disaster survivors.
TO DONATE TO RELIEF EFFORTS
The most effective way to support disaster survivors in their recovery is to donate money and time to trusted, reputable, voluntary or charitable organizations.
Cash donations offer voluntary agencies and faith-based organizations the most flexibility to address urgently developing needs. With cash in hand, these organizations can obtain needed resources nearer to the disaster location. This inflow of cash also pumps money back into the local economy and helps local businesses recover faster.
Please do not donate unsolicited goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, medicine, or perishable foodstuffs at this time. When used personal items are donated, the helping agencies must redirect their staff away from providing direct services to survivors in order to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.
Donate through a trusted organization. At the national level, many voluntary-, faith- and community-based organizations are active in disasters, and are trusted ways to donate to disaster survivors. Individuals, corporations, and volunteers, can learn more about how to help on the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) website.
In addition to the national members, The Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Texas VOAD) has a list of vetted disaster relief organizations providing services to survivors. Texas VOAD represents more than three dozen faith-based, community, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations.
TO PERSONALLY VOLUNTEER IN THE DISASTER AREAS
The State of Texas is asking volunteers to not self-deploy, as unexpectedly showing up to any of the communities that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey will create an additional burden for first responders.
The National VOAD has also noted the situation may not be conducive to volunteers entering the impacted zone and individuals may find themselves turned away by law enforcement.
To ensure volunteer safety, as well as the safety of disaster survivors, volunteers should only go into affected areas with a specific volunteer assignment, proper safety gear, and valid identification.
At this time, potential volunteers are asked to register with a voluntary or charitable organization of their choice, many of which are already in Texas and supporting survivors on the ground.
Most importantly, please be patient. Although the need is great, and desire to help strong, it is important to avoid donating material goods or self-deploying to help until communities are safe and public officials and disaster relief organizations have had an opportunity to assess the damage and identify what the specific unmet needs are.
Volunteer generosity helps impacted communities heal from the tragic consequences of disasters, but recovery lasts much longer than today. There will be volunteer needs for many months, and years, after the disaster, so sign up now.
Tropical Storm Harvey is still dangerous, with the potential to impact additional areas of Texas and Louisiana. As the situation changes, needs may also change in these areas. Continue monitoring traditional and social media channels to learn more.
Posted at 7:00 p.m. on 8-29-2017 – Isolated thunderstorms and a chance for localized flash flooding will be possible over the next couple of days as the remnants of Hurricane Harvey move through the area. Below is a graphic from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Birmingham that describes the weather threats over the next few days.
8/13/2017 – 9:00 P.M. There are currently no emergency situations to be reported on in Elmore County. Elmore County EMA encourages everyone to “Be Ready!”
Posted at 4:00 p.m. 8-11-17...According to the National Weather Service the FLASH FLOOD WATCH for Elmore County has been CANCELLED... The Flash Flood Watch for portions of east central Alabama has been cancelled. The intensity of any remaining showers and thunderstorms will not be enough to produce flash flooding. $$