Bay County was spared the brunt of Hurricane Isaac's fury, but some areas are feeling the effects of the storm. That includes the city of Lynn Haven, where the storm surge sent water flowing into the streets.
Some residents woke up Tuesday morning to find that waterfront property meant water in front of their property. "I hate to say it, but when we have high tide and a storm like we have out in the gulf, there's really nothing we can do other than hope that we can keep it out of the homes," said Mayor Walter Kelley.
Water rose right up to the foundation of some houses, and docks on Lynn Haven Bayou were underwater after the storm surge and normal tidal range combined to cause the water to rise as much as four feet.
City crews placed barricades along 4th Street at Virginia, Carolina and Missouri avenues.
A section of 5th Street at Tennessee Avenue was also closed. By day's end, water had receded from most of the flooded areas but ditches remained swollen.
"Storm surge is an issue," said Marcus Vigil, adjunct Public Information Officer, during Tuesday's storm briefing at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). "Anybody that lives near a coastal canal is being affected by the tidal surge."
Storm monitoring continues at the EOC, but the activation status was downgraded to Level 2 as Isaac continued its westward track. Emergency management officials breathed a sigh of relief and thought of what could have been if Bay County had remained in the storm's path.
"I don't think you could ever say we overreacted... I think it's just a matter of that cone of uncertainty," said Vigil. "It's always a good idea to prepare in advance."
Residents of low lying areas are urged to call the EOC at 784-4000 to report flooding.