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Is Jacksonville ready to weather another storm?

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Updated: 5/31/2013 8:17 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The wrath of tropical storms Debby and Beryl unleashed a deluge on the city of Jacksonville. Downpours, flooded streets and gusty winds left quite a mess for Riverside homeowners.

"The river came up really high during one storm, and the water was so salty that a lot of trees in the neighborhood died," said Riverside homeowner Carolyn Cooper.

Cooper is making preparations of her own, even installing new drains under her home. She may be well-equipped, but is the city ready to weather another big storm? Action News took that question to Duval County's Emergency Management team.

"The thing that we learned obviously is that with a wind event, because of the tree canopy we have on Duval County, it's going to create a lot of debris," said Capt. William Estep, Interim Director of Emergency Management.

Estep also tells Action News the EOC has done some revamping to stay up to date with modern technology.

"We've added some additional computer equipment, some displays digital capabilities," he said.

He says that along with social media and the Jax Ready App, they should keep the public informed if another storm comes barreling into the city. If the floodwaters rise too high this year, Cooper says she’s got an evacuation plan, too.

"We have a camper so we would probably take our camper with us if we had to," said Cooper.

Emergency Management says Public Works has already checked and cleared out area drains, as part of their preparation plan.
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