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Steady Downpours Prompting Flooding Concerns

Steady downpours raised fears of flooding throughout the Tallahassee area and also increased fears about the spread of the mosquito-borne Zicka virus.

By early afternoon, Weems Road was flooded and closed to traffic.

Leon County is making sandbags available at two locations. Residents can go to Tekesta Park at Tekesta Drive and Deer Lake Road or Apalachee Park at 7550 Apalachee Parkway. There’s a 15-bag limit.

City officials are offering sandbags at the Messer Field South Softball Complex parking lot on the South Side of Jackson Bluff Road. City crews will monitor the site and there is a 25-bag limit.

Meanwhile, local health officials are urging people to avoid mosquito bites by using repellent containing DEET, and by wearing long sleeves and long pants whenever possible.

Officials are also asking residents to take a few minutes each day to inspect their property and drain standing water wherever it collects.

A Miami native, former WFSU reporter Jim Ash is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print. He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.