COLUMBIA COUNTY, Fla. - Columbia County declared a state of emergency Saturday due to localized flooding and widespread wind and tree damage throughout the county, according to the Columbia County Emergency Management.
The Columbia County Board of Commissioners met for a special session at 3 p.m. Saturday and voted unanimously to approve the measure.
According to emergency management officials with the county, a minimum of 200 trees have fallen in Columbia County. The most extensive damage is in Lake City.
Columbia County residents may have to use detours as crews with Columbia County Public Works Department and Lake City Public Works clear the roadways of fallen debris.
Approximately six families have been displaced by the severe thunderstorm; this number only reflects the most recent information. The American Red Cross and several Catholic charities are working to provide the families with need assistance, according to Harvey Campbell, Columbia County public information officer.
For more information residents are being asked to call the Columbia County Citizen's Information Center at 386-719-7530.