Sept. 1, 2019

SFWMD Fully Activating EOC Tomorrow at 8 a.m.
 SFWMD moves to fully activate its Emergency Operations Center as impacts from Hurricane Dorian are expected for several counties within the District

Click on the image to watch today's South Florida Water Management District daily Hurricane Dorian update.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Executive Director Drew Bartlett provided an update on Hurricane Dorian at 4:15 p.m. today. Director Bartlett partially activated the District's Emergency Operation Center (EOC) today and will fully activate the EOC starting tomorrow at 8 a.m. Impacts from Hurricane Dorian are expected in Broward, Martin, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk and St. Lucie counties in less than 48 hours.

The South Florida regional flood protection system is fully prepared to handle heavy rainfall.  With the public making final storm preparations, residents in South Florida can ensure proper neighborhood drainage by securing all loose items near canals and clearing local ditches and drains of debris. SFWMD-managed lands and navigation locks remain closed in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian. 

SFWMD will continue to keep the public updated on its emergency operations and flood control efforts as Hurricane Dorian approaches.  As the storm approaches, Floridians are also encouraged to closely monitor their county's EOC for information on evacuations, shelters and critical storm information.

Flood control in South Florida is a shared responsibility between the District, which operates the regional flood control system, and local drainage districts, municipalities and homeowners associations that operate the primary and secondary drainage systems that move flood waters away from homes and neighborhoods. Residents throughout South Florida can find what local agency to contact about flooding concerns based on their address by visiting the District's Flood Control website at

Media Contact: 
Randy Smith  |    |  Office: 561-682-6197  |  Cell: 561-389-3386
The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Our mission is to safeguard and restore South Florida's water resources and ecosystems, protect our communities from flooding, and meet the region's water needs while connecting with the public and stakeholders.
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