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First Coast Crews Get Ready For Irene

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  City crews spent Monday cleaning out city drains, prepping them for possible heavy downpours from Irene.

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JEA also had crews around town trimming back tree limbs getting them ready for possible hurricane-force winds.

And down south in Clay County, dozens of computers are un-boxed and set up in the emergency operations center.

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"The order was given this morning....By the end of the day, be set up and fully functional in here at a moment's notice and staff notifications will start," said Chief Lorin Mock, Clay Fire and Rescue.

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While IT workers set up the heart of where decisions will be made, other Clay County crews finalized staff assignments, making sure all departments and shifts are covered.

All of the prep work takes two to three days and will be done even if Irene looks like she might head away from the First Coast.

"A prediction that say, it's going off the Coast, is not a certainty. What (you) have to do is make sure you are fairly prepared," said Mock.

If the prep work isn't done, Mock said there wouldn't be enough time to get ready.

There is also a plan for what to do with all the computers that were just set up, said Mock. "We'll get it boxed up in mothballs and ready for the next activation."













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