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Gulf County Residents Prepare for Flooding

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Over in Gulf County, after receiving more than ten inches of rain since Friday, officials there are no longer worried about the weather. Now the concern turns toward the rising rivers.

Bill McCormick spent Tuesday afternoon moving the last of his belongs from the yard to a storage shed.

"We've been picking everything up out of the yard to keep things from floating up. We're expecting the water to come up underneath the house," says McCormick. 

While many Gulf County residents have already left the area in preparation for major flooding, McCormick and his wife are staying.

"We're taking all of our vehicles out of here because they'll probably close the road within the next day or so," says McCormick.

Kathryn Outlaw who has experienced three major floods since living in the area is evacuating to Panama City.

"I take clothing for a week, at least, medicine. Things that you need everyday," says Outlaw.

Before she hits the road, Outlaw is finishing up her preparations, moving tools and chairs on top of tables and the cars to higher grounds.

"You never know how deep the water's going to get. That's something you're just going to have to wait and see. You just go ahead and take precautions," says Outlaw.

The Board of County Commissioners has already declared a Local State of Emergency. According Emergency Management Director Marshall Nelson, the worst has yet to come.

"Because of the way they're letting the water go, it'll probably start tomorrow [Wednesday] but it will probably stay up high probably on through the first of next week. So it's going to remain high for a while," says Nelson.  

The Emergency Operations Center will activate to a level two status starting Wednesday from 7AM to 7 PM, Nelson says Emergency Management will probably issues a voluntary evacuation Wednesday.