Emergency officials gearing up for heavy rainfall

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Updated: 7/11/2013 7:50 pm
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla.-- Hurricane season on the first coast is always an adventure. Even the smallest tropical system can create some big time flooding.

"Jacksonville can't handle 3 to 5 inches of rain in a few hours, so we have to be aware of that," Jacksonville Fire Chief Marty Senterfitt said.

In preparation of weekend rain, Senterfitt wants homeowners to be proactive. Take Howard Brodt, who routinely checks the outside of his Jacksonville Beach property.

"We cut out the dead palm frawns at the top. Keep those trimmed," he explained.

In addition to Jacksonville Beach, San Marco and Riverside are prone to flooding in Duval County.

In Clay County, Black Creek is always a problem, and up in Nassau County, people have to keep an eye on the St. Mary's River.

Flooding is something Brodt is all too familiar with. He survived Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and rebuilt his home after $100,000 worth of damage.

His advice to anyone who encounters high water is simple.

"You have to make sure you get out before the roads flood."

Senterfitt agrees. He says if we don't prepare now, we could end up being sorry later.

'Now's just all about being ready. It is hurricane season. It's going to get busier as we go further into the summer. Now's the time to be ready."
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