Jacksonville, FL - As Jacksonville sees historic flood levels from Irma, along the banks of the St. Johns River, surpassing levels last seen in 1864, Mayor Lenny Curry says water rescues are underway.
Historic flood levels already. Levels will continue to rise. Expect 4-6 feet above normal high tide levels. You need to be concerned. https://t.co/doN3zYLezh— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) September 11, 2017
If you need assistance getting out of your home and to safety, Curry says you can call (904) 630-CITY. If you have an emergency situation, he asks that you still call 911.
"If you need to get out, please put what represents a white flag, anything white, somewhere on your house that can be viewed visibly from outside. We have search and rescue teams ready to deploy. We have state assets coming in. I spoke to the governor this morning, fish and wildlife are sending in people," says Curry.
Heading in for a rescue. pic.twitter.com/ji2tgpsqP0— Lenny Curry (@lennycurry) September 11, 2017
Curry says the white flag can be anything from a blanket to a towel.
If you need to get out put a white flag outside your house. A t-shirt anything white. Search and rescue teams ready to deploy. Get out. https://t.co/doN3zYLezh— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) September 11, 2017
He also recommends going up if you can, to a second story or the most elevated part of your home.
It’s not just water rescues, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority has buses headed to the Hilltop Apartments to evacuate residents. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says the complex has seen flooding up to waist level.
Our swift rescue guys. pic.twitter.com/oCiHr8BKr5— Lenny Curry (@lennycurry) September 11, 2017
Spoke to Mayor @lennycurry. We are aggressively working to get Jax search and rescue teams to help with flooding.— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) September 11, 2017