IRMA ALERT: Massive flooding leads to Jacksonville telling residents in need of help to put out white flags (video)

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FLORIDA — Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry spoke publicly at 9 a.m. on Monday morning regarding the city’s rescue efforts after Hurricane Irma dumped water and heavy winds on the area overnight.

Mayor Curry stressed the importance of residents being deliberate in their actions and told those who need help evacuating from flooded and/or damaged homes to call 904-630-CITY — or to put a white flag outside of their residence.

Everyone seeking help will be directed to local shelters.

In the meantime, those residents who may be experiencing flooding are being advised about “going up, not out” while contacting emergency services for help.

Mayor Curry told reporters that the hurricane caused serious storm surge damage to infrastructure and buildings, and the St. Johns River took on significant flooding that will likely get worse as the day goes on.

Immediate emergency situations should be directed to 911.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced that there are more than 1,600 officers patrolling to assist in rescues, but it emphasized the importance of staying inside if you don’t need assistance. “Now is NOT the time to go sightseeing. Extremely dangerous conditions currently ongoing. Stay indoors and let us work for you,” officials advised in a tweet.

Videos from the area show a devastating storm surge that, on Monday, began taking out beach-front properties and causing residents to flee for their lives.

Meanwhile, Action News Jacksonville is asking people for their videos and information regarding conditions near their homes in the area.

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