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Washington County Flooding Leaves It's Mark On Roads; Repairs Expected To Be Costly

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Captured February 26, 2013 Captured February 26, 2013

The Choctawhatchee River levels in Washington County are on their way down, but  the recent county-wide flooding is leaving its mark on roadways.

"The rain just kept coming and kept coming and naturally the water just kept rising and rising," said Inez Gore, who is staying with her daughter off Clayton Road in Washington County. 

Last week, flood waters not only put Clayton Road underwater, but her daughter's front yard.

"We wouldn't get in or out and you know thank goodness we had lights, but we couldn't drive in or out at all," said Gore.

It also had the family across the street in a panic and putting sandbags in place, which proved to be an asset to last week's invading water.

More than week later, Holmes Creek is no longer overflowing and the Choctawhatchee River levels at Caryville and Ebro are much lower with some minor flooding is still occurring in Ebro.

"Levels should continue to fall below flood stage hopefully Saturday morning, early," said Lynne Abel, Coordinator with Emergency Management.

However, conditions of several roads remain an issue.

"We have three roads that are closed a portion of another a portion of another and a couple of boat ramps that are still closed," said Abel.

Some of these and others throughout the county will need to be repaired. Preliminary estimates of road damage are currently amounting to a little more than one million dollars.

"That's almost half of the roads dept annual budget, so that is a big number," said Abel.

Abel says she unsure whether or not the county will receive any additional funding to help assist in that big number.

The Roads Department hopes to have all roads open and passable by the end of next week.