Hurricane Season – Flooding, Drainage and Resiliency in 2023

Hurricane Season in Riverside Avondale

Hurricane Idalia was an early seasonal storm that thankfully missed the most devastating of impacts to Northeast Florida. However, with a predicted storm season that includes a 70% chance of 14-21 named storms, of which 6-11 could become hurricanes, and 2-5 could become major hurricanes, there is possibly more to come.*

Riverside Avondale Preservation, through its Flooding, Drainage & Resiliency Task Force, is working to elevate drainage issues in our neighborhood where persistent, ongoing disruptions impact public safety, preservation of historic properties, and enjoyment of our neighborhood.

Tracking and documenting ongoing flooding and drainage issues is important for this effort. We ask that residents email pictures from weather events with the time/date/location to to help RAP maintain an ongoing look at where flooding and drainage problems exist. Check out the RAP Flood Map where we have been tracking flood reports to measure where storm impacts are occurring, worsening, and improving.

We also encourage residents to use the City’s MyJax Service Request Portal to submit requests directly to the City if you encounter a damaged or clogged drainage inlet/structure or a roadway cave-in/pothole.


RAP is a founding member of the Jacksonville Climate Coalition, an advocacy group supporting resilience and climate change issues impacting Duval County. Their top priority is to promote the reduction and elimination of burning fossil fuels to power our vehicles, cool and heat our homes and businesses, and generate our electricity.

Visit to learn more about the City of Jacksonville’s resilience strategy and dive into the interactive map of flood risk. Install the JaxReady / AlertJax app on your phone to get location-based notifications of weather and emergency events. This guide offers setup instructions for AlertJax.


JEA is actively performing tree trimming maintenance throughout the Historic District. A notice went out earlier this year that provided guidance on this maintenance, including regularity of tree trimming cycles, required training for crew members, and situations where tree removal is deemed necessary. The goal is to balance tree health with safety and electrical reliability. Residents should be notified of any tree removal and a certified forester or arborist should be available to discuss the considerations being made. Email or call 904-665-6050 with questions.


Check out these resources and stay safe this hurricane season. Protect yourself, your family, your home and your property