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Shelter Opens In Washington County As Flood Waters Impact Roads And Threatens Homes

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Flooding along the Choctawhatchee River in Washington County is spilling into roadways and threatening homes.

For a family off Clayton Road in the Poplar Head community, it's a race against the clock to get sandbags in place.

Holmes creek is overflowing and spilling into the backyard of where Dustin Sasser and Devan Blair's aunt lives.

"Weve never had it this bad before, " said Blair. "I've never seen it this bad," said Sasser.

The pair have come from Chipley to help turn a huge pile of sand that sits in the front yard into sandbags.  It's an effort to try and keep the  water from creeping into their aunt's home and beauty salon next store.

In the Poplar Head Community, parts of Clayton Road are completely underwater. It's one of more than 40 roads impacted by flood waters throughout the county.

"We do anticipate more baricades and road closing throughout the afternoon and evening hours," said Washington County Emergency Operations Coordinator Lynn Able.

She says the Choctawhatchee River is well above the flood stage and expected to crest in Ebro a little over 20 feet on Friday, which could cause major flooding in the area.

For this reason, Red Cross opened up a shelter Tuesday.

"We're gonna be open until we don't need to be open anymore," said Dee Dorsey, a volunteer from Bay County with the Red Cross. "So we'll be here for the people if they need it."

Food, coffee, and shelter will be available at Ebro City hall to anyone anywhere in the county that may feel threatned from the rising waters. No cots will be available therefore Dorsey recommends bringing bedding if they choose to stay.

Washington County has issued voluntary evacuations of residents in low lying areas. Emergency management also urges those who live in areas where roads tend to seek shelter before those roads become inaccessible.