District Monitors Tropical Storm Elsa
Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) officials are monitoring Tropical Storm Elsa and have raised the activation level of the District’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to Level 2 as of 10 a.m. July 4, 2021. The EOC provides direction regarding District activities before, during and after an emergency event.
The District is continuing to monitor potential impacts from the storm that could occur throughout its 16-county region. District staff are operating structures based on current and anticipated water levels.
Level 2 activation is utilized when a specific weather situation has reached a point where the District may be adversely affected. Level 2 is a partial activation, and the EOC will:
- Monitor water levels and operate its water control structures throughout the District’s 16–county area as needed.
- Maintain direct communications with the state and affected county EOCs.
- Ensure current event information is distributed to all District staff.
- Direct the safe use of the District’s recreational facilities such as campgrounds.
- Elevate to a Level 1 Full Activation, when necessary.
The EOC also directs District field crews, responds to requests from the state EOC, and provides water resource updates to state and local emergency management agencies, the media and the general public. The District EOC will expand to include additional emergency personnel as the situation demands. For the most updated information, please visit the District’s website at WaterMatters.org.