Whether you live on the coastline or deep inland, there are a number of areas at risk of extreme flooding and damage in Northeast Florida. While emergency management officials warn residents throughout the area to prepare for a storm, each county has its problem spots that become the focus of preparation and clean-up efforts.
Duval County Emergency Management Director Martin Senterfitt says flooding is a primary concern in the area. Specifically along the rivers, tributaries and beaches the waters can rise up quickly.
"Jacksonville is so low, so close to the waterline- all of Jacksonville is at risk in a large storm " he says.
Rising flood waters also threaten some of the more isolated areas along the Northside, like Fort George Island and areas around Heckshire Drive, which can be cut off.
St. John's County EOC Director Linda Stoughton says areas along the beaches, the Intercoastal, and the River are all urged to evacuate if a significant storm or hurricane is approaching.
"Residents who live in those areas need to pay particular attention between June 1st and November 30th," says Stoughton.
For Nassau County, their challenge is securing the residents of Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island.
"We have to look at how to get people off, where do you put them and how do we get the word out?" says Danny Hinson with the Nassau County EOC.
He says they encourage residents to leave immediately, as soon as conditions reach hurricane strength.
There's a wide area of concern in Clay. John Ward with the EOC says rural areas like Keystone and McCray could wait longer for emergency assistance.
"If we choose to live out in the woods and that type of area, we understand it's going to take a bit longer for those services to get to us," says Ward.
He says flooding is also a concern in Middleburg, the Black Creek area, along the River and Flemming Island.
Finally, Baker County is paying extra attention to the Steelbridge Road Area, around the St. Marys River. Plus, low lying, flood prone areas like Turkey Creek, Cleet Harvey Road, and Clarence Dobbs Road.
"If the indication comes out that they need to evacuate from their area, that decision is not something that we take lightly," says Adam Faircloth with the Baker EOC.
He says during Tropical Storm Faye, about 80 rural roads flooded.
Storm preparations are crucial. But if you live in these at-risk areas, officials say have a plan now and be ready.