Here’s a Hurricane Matthew update issued by Flagler County on Friday afternoon.
Effective immediately, Flagler County is cutting off all access to beachside portions of the county.
“This is not a curfew. No one will be permitted to enter the barrier island,” said Steve Garten, Flagler County public safety emergency manager. “This will be enforced by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.”
Emergency personnel will begin entering the area to rescue those who did not leave the coastal area. A portion of State Road A1A washed out south of the pier in Flagler Beach near the Topaz.
“We don’t want anyone on the beachside who doesn’t need to be there,” Flagler County Administrator Craig Coffey said. “We need to be able to get an assist those people who are in the most need.”
A curfew will be imposed on the mainland portions of Flagler County at 7 p.m. tonight. Residents are being asked to stay inside where they are and off of the roadways.
Crews have begun clearing trees in the affected areas.
“We are trying to get everything stabilized and safe as quickly as possible,” Coffey said.
For general questions, use the citizen information call-in line at 386-586-5111. People are answering calls 24 hours a day. This will help keep the 9-1-1 lines free for emergencies.
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