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Storms hit West Volusia; Downtown DeLand flooding abates
By Pat Andrews
posted Jun 13, 2014 - 11:56:32am
Rainy season is here, as evidenced by recent torrential downpours.
Frequent thunderstorms are expected to continue through Tuesday, June 17, according to Weather Underground and the National Weather Service.
The City of DeLand Utilities Division measures rainfall every morning. For the 24-hour period ending Monday morning, June 9, the tally was .63 inch, following a soaker Sunday evening.
On Tuesday morning, June 10, the city’s rain gauge showed .05 inch, and on Wednesday morning, June 11, it measured another .22 inch.
Along with rain has come wind, bringing down vegetation and tree limbs. Expect more to come, as the ground gets saturated, allowing trees to topple more easily during storms.
The June 10 torrent was especially tough on Lake Helen, where several homes were damaged, and some residents suspected a microburst or tornado.
With rains, of course, come mosquitoes. The County of Volusia is ramping up efforts to combat the pesky insects, county spokeswoman Pat Kuehn said.
Trucks and helicopters will be roving around spraying, ponds will be stocked with minnows, and tidal wetlands will be treated to contain both salt-marsh and rainwater mosquitoes.
Some mosquitoes are homegrown in yards.
Director of Mosquito Control Jim McNelly said mosquitoes can grow in items as small as toys and bottle caps that are left outside to fill with rainwater.
"Fight the bite," McNelly urged, by following these tips:
● Toss old tires, bottles, cans, pots and broken appliances.
● Turn over empty pots and buckets, so they cannot collect rainwater.
● Replace water in birdbaths and pet dishes at least once a week.
● Don’t over-water the lawn.
● Clean out eaves, troughs and gutters.
● Drain water from boats and tarps.
● Maintain the proper chemistry in swimming pools.
● Empty plastic pools when not in use.
To prevent bites, avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. Wear long sleeves, long pants and socks if you must be out at these times. Use a mosquito repellent whenever outdoors, and cover windows and doors with screens.
Another harbinger of the rainy season in West Volusia is missing this year: severe flooding at the intersection of Florida and New York avenues in Downtown DeLand.
The troubled intersection, where cars routinely got flooded or stuck during heavy rains, is draining much better now, thanks to improvements to the stormwater retention pond behind City Hall, and the creation of additional stormwater ponds at the intersection of South Florida Avenue and Walts Avenue.
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