By: biff4ugo, 1:01 PM GMT on October 07, 2008
We finally got some rain yesterday. that helped out the crispy St. Augustine Lawns in my neighborhood. I'm happy to see we are due for more rain today, 50% chance, and it is not a tropical storm Fay flood!
By: biff4ugo, 1:41 PM GMT on October 02, 2008
Fay didn't hit Florida with much wind, but the rain is a whole different story. The upper St. Johns River got about 20" of rain in just 96 hrs. The worst of it fell right along the river. This caused runoff moving downstream/north to run into even more recent runoff and rainfall from Fay, also moving north. This was compounded by Fay pulling up the ocean at the mouth of the river and causing the River to flow backwards as far south as Astor. These factors compounded to create a flood disASTOR at lake Harney with water levels higher than all 4 Hurricanes dropping rain in the area in 2004. An Fay wasn't even a Hurricane.
FEMA was supposed to help us fly aerial photography of the area as the flood peaked, but they never responded to the request. When Gustav headed toward New Orleans, all their resorces left Florida. The flooding estimates they did do were focused on the heavily populated coastal areas and pretty much ignored the river.
Just because our river moves slowly and most people can get out of the way, doesn't make its flood damage less devistating.
I will give FEMA Kudos on their handeling of IKE. It showed me all the products, relief, and forecasting they can do if they put their mind to it. And it helped show me what to ask for when we next get hit.
Another problem that kept the flood so high for so long was Hanna. Her low pressure drive by of Jacksonville kept the ocean levels at the mouth of the St. Johns high and inhibitied drainage.
Of course now we have a fire weather watch.