Update on Weather Conditions and Road Closures in the Panhandle - WMBB News 13 - The Panhandle's News Leader

Update on Weather Conditions, Road Closures, Shelters and Closures in the Panhandle

Posted: Updated:

A listing of weather advisories and road closures in the Panhandle area

Walton County (Monday 7-15-13 AM)

FLOOD WATCH

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL

145 AM EDT SUN JUL 14 2013 

...A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT FOR

SOUTHEAST ALABAMA AND THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE...

.THIS WATCH AREA REMAINS VERY SATURATED FROM RECENT RAINS AND

SOME IMPACTED LOCALES REPORTED FLOODING ON SATURDAY. WIDESPREAD

HEAVY RAIN IS EXPECTED AGAIN ACROSS THE WATCH AREA TODAY INTO THIS

EVENING WITH AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 3 INCHES WITH ISOLATED AMOUNTS OF

4 TO 6 INCHES POSSIBLE. THESE AMOUNTS FALLING OVER A SHORT PERIOD

WOULD BE SUFFICIENT TO GENERATE FLASH FLOODING SO A WATCH IS IN

EFFECT THROUGH MIDNIGHT TONIGHT CDT.

South Walton damaged roads, Deputy Confirmed. 

1.)    Sea Croft Dr is now passable with a car. Deputy advised there is only 1-2 inches of water on the east end.

2.)    Walton Magnolia Lane is still closed. Signs have been placed.  Still under water and receding.

North Walton damaged roads, Deputy confirmed.

1.)    River Rd at McCaskill Road water is across the road right after the first bridge and not passable after that point.

2.)    Cedar Log Lake Road is passable with some standing water in parking area but boat ramp is being used.

3.)    Berrian Lake Road has a large washout and impassable to the end.

4.)    Cook Rd is closed from Oakgrove Rd to Ellison Rd about a ½ mile section. Not a sink hole, water has just cut the road into and impassable to larger trucks.

5.)    800 Co. Highway 183B at cemetery- westbound side of road is undermined and an approximate 2 foot sink hole on center line and 2 on the shoulder and continue to get larger each day. The east bound lane is undermined as well and concrete barracades need to be placed to prevent people from moving them to avoid it falling through.

6.)    Road Department – W.C. Currington Rd. is closed 1 mile from white creek Rd. and Moccasin Fork. It is marked with cones directing vehicles to turn around.

Freeport damaged roads, Deputy confirmed.

1.)    Big Cedar Rd is still closed and water is under bridge on Big Cedar at this time. The parking lot and boat ramp are still underwater. Some of the roadway around bridge has been washed out.

2.)    Cowford Rd- the very end of the roadway is still underwater passable for 2.0 miles.

3.)    Rooks Bluff Rd boat ramp is still flooded.

4.)    Dead River Rd – requested notify Road Department of a big washout and impassable. Per Road Department – they placed cones out until the water dries up some and then they can repair the area.

5.)    Choctawhatchee River Rd – requested to notify the county of road washed out and culvert exposed. Both vehicles are parked on the road just prior to the culverts that are washed out and will have to move for the road department to get by. The road department responded and is aware and will have fill in dirt delivered tomorrow.

6.)    Joe Dugger Rd. has another washout near the sand pit. The county maintained part is passable and the part that connects to J.W. Hollington Rd. is impassable.

===

Washington County (Monday 7-15-13 AM)

The Washington County Sheriff's Office, along with Emergency Operation Center officials, are asking residents to continue to use caution on county roadways following recent flooding with rain reports of 20 plus inches leaving several roads with extensive damage. 

EOC officials are working tirelessly to repair damaged roadways and residents are urged to be mindful of barricades that have been placed throughout the county restricting use of specific roads/areas. 

WCSO has received reports of several barricades that have been moved or taken which is a criminal offense under Florida law.  Any person(s) found to be unlawfully in possession of these barricades will be charged by local law enforcement.

In addition, roadways that are barricaded are not to be entered by vehicles including ATV and 4 wheel drive vehicles.  Use of these vehicles in restricted areas will result in charges by local law enforcement.  Vehicles that unlawfully enter these areas place themselves at risk and further damage already unstable roadways.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Washington County Sheriff's Office at 638-6111.

===

Walton County (Friday AM)

The EOC is at Level III – monitoring.  Below is the current road closures

Geneva County is shutting down Alaflo Road in reference to a bridge in Geneva County Washed out.
 

South Walton damaged roads, Deputy Confirmed. 

1.)    Per 214, on Wood Beach Dr. advised that there is some standing water in the culverts, but the homes appear to be fine.

2.)    Per 214, on Old Ferry Rd (Dirt Rd section) may be passable by truck or car. No water on the dirt section.

3.)    Per 214, on Sea Croft, there is some water standing and is passable by vehicles larger than a sedan.

4.)    Per 214, at the intersection of Denny Dr. and Bella Blvd the sink hole has been filled with dirt. It is passable at this time.

5.)    Per 214, Walton Magnolia Lane is still closed. Signs have been placed.

North Walton damaged roads, Deputy confirmed.

1.)    Per 418, Morrison Springs, water is up to the park, but not into the park. Both bridges are passable, but water is up to the bottom of both.

2.)    Per 418, River Rd at McCaskill Road is passable to the first bridge. The remainder is not passable.

3.)    Per 418, Cedar Log Lake Road is passable, however park and boat ramp are flooded with standing water.

4.)    Per 418, Berrian Lake Road is still passable all the way to the old boat ramp, and the roadway is very slick. However, there is standing water in several yards in the area. Chelco has cut power for Berrian Lake Rd. Water is coming over the landing 150-200 yards from the landing. River is out of banks at camp house. Flooded 100 yards past 896 Berrian Lake Road, not passable in car.

Freeport damaged roads, Deputy confirmed.

1.)    Per 357, Big Cedar Rd has water coming over the road all the way to the park. Water is well under the bottom of the guardrails and the park is still under water.

2.)    Per 222, the bridge on Choctawhatchee Rd is washed out, water has receded to under the bridge, and there are soft spots near the bridge.

3.)    Per 222, Cowford Rd is passable approximately 1.9 miles, and advised that the rest is under water and not passable at this time.

4.)    Per 222, at Rooks Bluff the water has receded some with some areas washed out, & the boat ramp parking area is still flooded.

5.)    Per 357, Dead River Rd has a lot of soft spots and is not passable without a 4x4.

6.)    Per 222, residence at c12033 Co. Highway 3280, the yard and ditches are flooded and the house appears safe.

===

Walton County (Thursday AM)

THE NATL WEATHER SVC IN TALLAHASSEE HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WARNING FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN FL.

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE CHOCTAWHATCHEE RIVER NEAR BRUCE (SR 20).

* UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.OR UNTIL THE WARNING IS CANCELLED.

* AT 10:00 AM WED THE STAGE WAS 17.4 FEET.

* MAJOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING & MAJOR FLOODING IS FORECAST.

* FLOOD STAGE IS 13.0 FEET.

* FORECAST.THE RIVER WILL CONTINUE TO SLOWLY FALL AND SHOULD  FALL FROM MAJOR TO MODERATE FLOOD STAGE BY TOMORROW AFTERNOON.

* IMPACT.AT 16.5 FEET.MAJOR FLOODING OCCURS ALONG THE EAST AND  WEST BANKS OF THE CHOCTAHATCHEE RIVER FROM NEAR THE CONFLUENCE WITH  HOLMES CREEK TO THE GULF AFFECTING MANY HOMES & FISHING CAMPS.

Geneva County is shutting down Alaflo Road in reference to a bridge in Geneva County Washed out.

South Walton damaged roads, Deputy Confirmed. 

1.)    Per K303, on Wood Beach Dr. advised that there is some standing water in the culverts, but the homes appear to be fine.

2.)    Per K303, on Old Ferry Rd (Dirt Rd section) may be passable by truck or car. Small amount of water on the dirt section.

3.)    Per K303, on Sea Croft, there is some water standing and is passable at this time.

4.)    Per K303, at the intersection of Denny Dr. and Bella Blvd has a large sinkhole going up under the roadway. This is located inside the Peach Creek Neighborhood. If large or heavy truck passes it may collapse roadway.

5.)    Per K303, Walton Magnolia Lane is still closed. Signs have been placed.

North Walton damaged roads, Deputy confirmed.

1.)    Per 418, Morrison Springs, water is up to the park, but not into the park. Both bridges are passable, but water is up to the bottom of both.

2.)    Per 418, River Rd at McCaskill Road, road is passable to the first bridge. The remainder is not passable.

3.)    Per 418, Cedar Log Lake Road is passable, Park and boat ramp are flooded with standing water.

4.)    Per 418, Berrian Lake Road is still passable all the way to the old boat ramp, and the roadway is very slick. However, there is standing water in several yards in the area. Chelco has cut power for Berrian Lake Rd. Water is coming over the landing 150-200 yards from the landing. River is out of banks at camp house. Flooded 100 yards past 896 Berrian Lake Road, not passable in car.

5.)    Per 418, 700 Block Mill Creek Dr. is washed but is passable.

6.)    Per 418, Sandy Creek Landing Rd. is passable until the last 50 feet, then under water.

Freeport damaged roads, Deputy confirmed.

1.)    Per 222, Big Cedar Rd has water coming over the road all the way to the park. Water is well under the bottom of the guardrails and the park is still under water.

2.)    Per 222, the bridge on Choctawhatchee Rd is washed out, and water is up to the bridge crossing and is not passable at this time.

3.)    Per 222 Cowford Rd is passable approximately 1.9 miles, and advised that the rest is under water and not passable at this time.

4.)    Per 222, Rooks Bluff boat ramp parking area is still flooded.

5.)    Per 222, B.H Reddick road just past Britt Rd is passable but the road is uneven and still has large holes.

6.)    Per 357, Dead River Rd has a lot of soft spots and is not passable without a 4x4.

7.)    Per 222, 12033 Co. Highway 3280, the yard and ditches are flooded and the house appears safe.

===

Washington County (Tuesday AM)

In light of the ongoing Local State of Emergency in Washington County, the Emergency Management Office releases this statement:

Roads in the western portion of the county are still in extremely critical condition. We ask that all residents continue to limit travel to essential and proceed slowly using the utmost caution. Inexperienced drivers should not be traveling in these areas. For road information visit our webiste at www.washingtonfl.com<http://www.washingtonfl.com/>.

Crews from Public Works are continuing to respond with priority to areas where life safety issues are a concern. The ground remains extremely saturated in spite of the runoff from flash flooding. Emergency Maintenance will be done when heavy equipment can be utilized.

If you have no road accessibility from your home, please call the Emergency Management Office at 638-6203.

===

Walton County (Tuesday AM)

Current Road Closures and Conditions - July 9th, 2013

Current Road Closures. Monitor this page for the most up to date road closures.

THE NATL WEATHER SVC IN TALLAHASSEE HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WARNING FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN FL.
Sun, Jul 7, 2013, 9:28 AM CDT
THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE CHOCTAWHATCHEE RIVER NEAR BRUCE (SR 20). * UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE... OR UNTIL THE WARNING IS CANCELLED. * AT 9:00 AM SUNDAY THE STAGE WAS 17.4 FEET. * MAJOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND MAJOR FLOODING IS FORECAST. * FLOOD STAGE IS 13.0 FEET. * FORECAST... THE RIVER WILL CONTINUE RISING TO NEAR 18.4 FEET BY TOMORROW MORNING THEN BEGIN FALLING. * IMPACT... AT 16.5 FEET... MAJOR FLOODING OCCURS ALONG THE EAST AND WEST BANKS OF THE CHOCTAHATCHEE RIVER FROM NEAR THE CONFLUENCE WITH HOLMES CREEK TO THE GULF OF MEXICO AFFECTING MANY HOMES AND FISHING CAMPS.
More Information
Geneva County is shutting down Alaflo Road in reference to a bridge in Geneva County Washed out.

South Walton damaged roads, Deputy Confirmed.

1.) S Wall St, the beach access #3. Caller advised the RD has washed away approx. 15x4. The sand is also washing away. Signs have been posted.
2.) Wood Beach Dr. advised water from the wetlands is approx. 15ft from her house.
3.) Quincy Circle on the West side is approx. a foot under water. South Walton Fire Dept. advised this road is clear at this time.
4.) South Walton Lakeshore DR. Approx. 4-6 inches of water in front of the Beach Front Trail. The road is passable. There is standing water between E. Park Place and Hwy 98 E.
5.) Pine St. the road is under approximately 18inches of water. Called in by citizen.
6.) West Park Place Dr at Inlet Beach has approximately 2 inches of water over it for 100 feet, county has placed barricades.
7.) Old Ferry Rd (Dirt Rd section) may be passable by truck but by car can only make it to first house, has a lot of flowing water.
8.) 395 at Watercolor Crossing has water in the North bound lanes
9.) Wayside Park has cement slab missing, cones are out.
10.) 112 Sea Croft Dr is underwater in both directions leaving home per homeowner.
11.) Apostles Way still has some large washout areas, some are deep. Passable by truck only.
12.) Intersection of Denny Dr. and Bella Blvd has a large sinkhole going up under the roadway. This is located inside the Peach Creek Neighborhood. If large or heavy truck passes it may collapse roadway.
13.) Walton Magnolia Lane is closed. Signs have been placed.

North Walton damaged roads, Deputy confirmed.
1.) Morrison Springs has water covering the park up to 15 ft. from main park including the walkway, water is up to the bottom of bridges leading to the boat ramp, at the boat ramp the water is 5 ft. from the parking lot.
2.) At River Rd and McCaskill Rd., the water is 18- 24inches deep a mile from the river. No homes are affected at this time; however, cannot travel all the way to the boat ramp.
3.) Cedar Log Lake Road is passable, Park remains flooded with standing water.
4.) Berrian Lake Road is passable all the way to the old boat ramp. However, there is standing water in several yards in the area. Chelco has cut power for Berrian Lake Rd. Water is coming over the landing 150-200 yards from the landing. River is out of banks at camp house.
5.) Coon Bottom Rd is cutting off fairly bad going into Holmes County. Holmes County has been contacted.
6.) Crooked Creek Rd washed out right past 183, passable, but appears people have gotten stuck.
7.) Pervy Campbell at Knox Hill Rd has large washed out area that has gotten worse since yesterday; however, it is passable.
8.) 606-735 Mill Creek Dr. is washed out and not passable.
9.) 475 Donna Lane is washed out and impassable.
10.) The parking lot of the park at Old Creek Rd is flooded.
11.) Sandy Creek Landing Rd. is under water.
12.) On River Rd, the 1st bridge has water just at the bottom of the bridge.
13.) North Norwood has standing water on the road and isn't passable.
14.) LD Anderson RD has water across the road but is passable.
15.) Louie Miller RD water is standing on the road. Sections are washed out but passable to the end.
16.) Camphouse Landing RD the road is flooded and not passable.
17.) Bruce Creek Landing Road is flooded unable to access park/boat ramp.
18.) 800 Co Highway 183B (@ Gum Creek Cemetery) Road is closed from Co Highway 185 to State Hwy 83.

Freeport damaged roads, Deputy confirmed.
1.) River Rd is closed.
2.) Goodwin Creek Rd almost washed away per homeowner, is private road, notified road department and they advised they may be able to offer assistance from roadway to culvert.
3.) Big Cedar Rd has water coming over the road all the way to the park. Water is up to the bottom of the guardrails on Big Cedar Rd at Cowford Boat Ramp.
4.) On Choctawhatchee Rd, water is over the bridge.
5.) At the dead-end of Cowford Rd, it is under water. House in area sits 20ft off ground.
6.) Trout Circle has two residences with water in their front yard flooded. House is in the circle.
7.) Rooks Bluff boat ramp parking area flooded 50ft past the hill.
8.) Simplers boat ramp is flooded. Campers are okay on higher ground.
9.) B.H Reddick road just past Britt Rd the road is uneven and not passable by car, truck could get by.

===

Walton County (Monday AM)

Current Road Closures and Conditions - July 8th, 2013

Current Road Closures. Monitor this page for the most up to date road closures.

THE NATL WEATHER SVC IN TALLAHASSEE HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WARNING FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN FL.

Sun, Jul 7, 2013, 9:28 AM CDT

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE CHOCTAWHATCHEE RIVER NEAR BRUCE (SR 20). * UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE... OR UNTIL THE WARNING IS CANCELLED. * AT 9:00 AM SUNDAY THE STAGE WAS 17.4 FEET. * MAJOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND MAJOR FLOODING IS FORECAST. * FLOOD STAGE IS 13.0 FEET. * FORECAST... THE RIVER WILL CONTINUE RISING TO NEAR 18.4 FEET BY TOMORROW MORNING THEN BEGIN FALLING. * IMPACT... AT 16.5 FEET... MAJOR FLOODING OCCURS ALONG THE EAST AND WEST BANKS OF THE CHOCTAHATCHEE RIVER FROM NEAR THE CONFLUENCE WITH HOLMES CREEK TO THE GULF OF MEXICO AFFECTING MANY HOMES AND FISHING CAMPS.
More Information
... THE FLOOD WARNING IS CANCELLED FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN ALABAMA...
CHOCTAWHATCHEE RIVER AT GENEVA (SR 52) AFFECTING GENEVA COUNTY ... THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN FLORIDA... CHOCTAWHATCHEE RIVER NEAR CARYVILLE (US 90) AFFECTING HOLMES AND WASHINGTON COUNTIES CHOCTAWHATCHEE RIVER NEAR BRUCE (SR 20) AFFECTING WALTON COUNTY
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
ALL PERSONS WITH INTEREST ALONG THE RIVER SHOULD MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS... AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. DO NOT DRIVE CARS THROUGH FLOODED AREAS.

South Walton damaged roads. Confirmed.

1.) S Wall St, the beach access #3. Caller advised the RD has washed away approx. 15x4. The sand is also washing away. Public works has been notified. Tape has been knocked down and people are walking around on the dunes.
2.) Wood Beach Dr. advised water from the wetlands is approx. 15ft from her house.
3.) Quincy Circle on the West side is approx. a foot under water. South Walton Fire Dept. advised this road is clear at this time.
4.) South Walton Lakeshore DR. Approx. 4-6 inches of water in front of the Beach Front Trail. The road is passable. There is standing water between E. Park Place and Hwy 98 E.
5.) North Walton Lakeshore has standing water.
6.) Pine St. the road is under approximately 18inches of water. Called in by citizen.
7.) West Park Place Dr at Inlet Beach has approximately 2 inches of water over it for 100 feet, county has placed barricades.
8.) Old Ferry Rd (Dirt Rd section) may be passable by truck but by car can only make it to first house, has a lot of flowing water.
9.) 395 at Watercolor Crossing has water in the North bound lanes
10.) Wayside Park has cement slab missing, cones are out.
11.) 112 Sea Croft Dr is underwater in both directions leaving home per homeowner.
12.) Apostles Way still has some large washout areas, some are deep. Passable by truck only.
13.) Intersection of Denny Dr. and Bella Blvd has a large sinkhole going up under the roadway. This is located inside the Peach Creek Neighborhood. If large or heavy truck passes it may collapse roadway.
14.) Most of Enchanted Estates has 3-4 inches of standing water.

15.) Walton Magnolia Lane is closed. Signs have been placed.

North Walton damaged roads, Deputy confirmed.
1.) Morrison Springs has water covering the park up to 15 ft. from main park including the walkway, water is up to the bottom of bridges leading to the boat ramp, at the boat ramp the water is 5 ft. from the parking lot.
2.) At River Rd and McCaskill Rd., the water is 18- 24inches deep a mile from the river. No homes are affected at this time; however, cannot travel all the way to the boat ramp.
3.) Cedar Log Lake Road is passable all the way to the new boat ramp. Water is out of the banks and up to the houses.
4.) Berrian Lake Road is passable all the way to the old boat ramp. However, there is standing water in several yards in the area. Chelco has cut power for Berrian Lake Rd. Water is coming over the landing 150-200 yards from the landing. River is out of banks at camp house.
5.) Coon Bottom Rd is cutting off fairly bad going into Holmes County. Holmes County has been contacted.
6.) Crooked Creek Rd washed out right past 183, passable, but appears people have gotten stuck.
7.) Pervy Campbell at Knox Hill Rd has large washed out area that has gotten worse since yesterday; however, it is passable.
8.) 606-735 Mill Creek Dr. is washed out and not passable.
9.) 475 Donna Lane is washed out and impassable.
10.) The parking lot of the park at Old Creek Rd is flooded.
11.) Sandy Creek Landing Rd. is under water.
12.) On River Rd, the 1st bridge has water just at the bottom of the bridge.
13.) North Norwood has standing water on the road and isn't passable.


Freeport damaged roads, Deputy confirmed.
1.) River Rd is closed.
2.) Goodwin Creek Rd almost washed away per homeowner, is private road, notified road department and they advised they may be able to offer assistance from roadway to culvert.
3.) Big Cedar Rd has water coming over the road all the way to the park.
4.) On Choctawhatchee Rd, water is over the bridge.
5.) At the dead-end of Calford Rd, it is under water. House in area sits 20ft off ground.

===
 

Florida Highway Patrol

Click the link for the most updated information: http://www.flhsmv.gov/fhp/traffic/crs_h002.htm

Florida Department of Transportation (Friday 8:12A) 

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is providing an update on road and bridge closures and restrictions in Northwest Florida due to heavy rainfall. All rail, airport, transit and seaport facilities are functioning as normal.

 Bay County

  • Business U.S. 98 from Bayou Drive to Cherry Street is closed to traffic.

Walton County

  • Update at 11:42 a.m. -- State Road 81 is now open at Old Ward Place and Rock Hill Road in Walton County.

Several roads have water crossing the road for a short period of time and then receding. These areas are signed and being monitored. Motorists are reminded to be watchful of other drivers and road conditions and to be on the lookout for flooded roads. If the road ahead is flooded, turn around and find an alternate route. Flooded roads may hide the fact that the roadway is washed out underneath and as little as six inches of rushing water can force your car off the road.

For the latest closures and updates from the Florida Department of Transportation District Three follow us on twitter at @myfdot_nwfl.

Bay County

Bay County Emergency Management and the Central Panhandle Chapter of the American Red Cross shelter opened at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Bay County Fairgrounds.

All Bay County-maintained roads are open with the exception of the east end of Tram Road. Crews are working to repair the damaged section of that dirt road. (Friday 9:02A)

Walton County

At 1941 hours National Weather service in Tallahassee has extended the flash flood watch until Friday 2000 hours 7/5/2013.
At 0719, the State Watch Office advised Walton County is under a Flood Watch until 10:15 Central Time.

THE NATL WEATHER SVC IN TALLAHASSEE HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WARNING FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN FL.
CHOCTAWHATCHEE RIVER NEAR BRUCE (SR 20) AFFECTING WALTON COUNTY
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.
ALL PERSONS WITH INTEREST ALONG THE RIVER SHOULD MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.& BE PREPARED TO TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE & PROPERTY. DO NOT DRIVE CARS THROUGH FLOODED AREAS. IF YOU SEE FLOOD WATERS.REMEMBER TO TURN AROUND & DO NOT DROWN.

The Flash Flood Watch is now in effect for

* portions of southeast Alabama... Florida and southwest
Georgia... including the following areas... in southeast
Alabama... Coffee... Dale... Geneva... Henry and Houston. In
Florida... Calhoun... central Walton... coastal Bay... coastal
Franklin... coastal Gulf... Gadsden... Holmes... inland Bay...
inland Franklin... inland Gulf... inland Walton... Jackson...
Liberty... south Walton and Washington. In southwest Georgia...
Baker... Calhoun... Clay... Decatur... early... Miller... Quitman...
Randolph... Seminole and Terrell.

* Through Saturday morning

* most areas have had 3 to 5 inches of rainfall since Monday...
but some areas have had 10 to 18 inches. Flash flooding has
already occurred in these areas... and more heavy rain is
possible into Saturday morning. Much of the region is likely to
get an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain through this time... but
isolated amounts of 5 to 10 inches are possible. Thus flash
flooding remains a major concern... especially for those areas
that already experienced flooding.

South Walton damaged roads have not been confirmed by Deputy. Units are working to confirm reported damage.

  • Central 8th ST. has no standing water at 0740.
  • S Wall St, the beach access #3. Caller advised the RD has washed away approx. 15x4. The sand is also washing away. Public works has been notified. It has been tapped off.
  • Chat Holly & Rhodes Cove has approx. 4 inches of water over the road.
  • Wood Beach Dr. advised water from the wetlands is approx. 15ft from her house.
  • East Pinehurst Drive is flooded with water over the roadway. AT 0600, East Pinehurst is back open, not flooded but damaged.
  • Montigo Ave…Homeowners advised they are flooded in, advised the road is completely under water. Approx. 2 -3ft of water.
  • Quincy Circle on the West side is approx. a foot under water.
  • Pelayo Rd has 1 ft standing water at Co hwy 30A but is passable.
  • CLOSE TO E POINT WASHINGTON RD - CREEK IS OVER THE ROAD - CLOSE TO DICK SALTSMAN RD
  • Multiple areas on Forrest Shore Dr. are underwater but still passable.
  • Peachtree Cir- water flooding into the house from the roadway- Sink hole reported in the area.
  • Forest Shore DR and surrounding roads can be removed from list. Not holding water at this time.
  • South Holiday and US Hwy 98 intersection water is still aprox a foot deep on South Holiday. US Hwy 98 doesn't appear to be effected.
  • Culvert at Bonnie Lane is blown out in Bunker Creek. Everyone in the neighborhood is trapped.
  • East Nursery and TranQuilty approx. 100yds of water 3-4", is still passable. At 0750, E Nursery at Tranquility is still underwater but passable.
  • South Walton Lakeshore DR. Approx 1 foot of water in front of the beach front trail.
  • Area of 111 Lake Cswy-  Citizen advised water is over the roadway poss driving hazard.
  • Area of Pine ST the road is under approx 18inches of water. Called in by citizen.
  • West Hewett- The pond is now overflowing over the roadway @ 1451 road department advised they will be posting signs but not closing down the road.
  • 600 Block and 1100 Block of Don Bishop Rd has approx 1-2 ft of water
  • CO Hwy 395 & East Point Washington Rd is still under water, several places washed out . signs have been placed.  At 0829, small amount of water present but passable.
  • Eden Gardens parking lot is under water.
  • Water on Driftwood Point had subsided as @ 1542 but still has some area with water crossing.
  • Intersection of Eve Cir and Eden Dr is underwater.
  • West Park Place Dr at Inlet Beach has approximately 2 inches of water over it for 100 feet, county has placed barricades.
  • Old Ferry Rd (Dirt Rd section) may be passable by truck but by car can only make it to first house, has a lot of flowing water.
  • Coochie Rd is passable to Rock Plant Area, some minor wash out areas.
  • 395 at Watercolor crossing has water in the North Bound lanes
  • Wayside Park has cement slab missing, cones are out.

North Walton damaged roads, Deputy confirmed.

  • Indian Creek Ranch Rd is closed.
  • Deer run east has a lot of damage. Several vehicles have gotten stuck. County responded to adcheck the area.
  • Eight Mile Bridge has water at the bottom of the bridge.
  • Per EG10 – possible microburst in the area of Water Oak St, causing a pine tree to lean over roadway. 7/4/13 at 21:39
  • CB Whitehead RD & Pervy Campbell RD unable to drive down with a car. Water is no longer across the roadway.
  • Spence Dr & State Hwy 81 is now open.
  • White Creek Rd has standing water in the road before the bridge.
  • State Hwy 81 & Co Hwy 183 no water at this time.
  • Byrd Crossroads 181C & 181A has standing water on the roadway.
  • Morrison Springs Rd has some standing water, road is passable. Park & both bridges to the boat launch are ok. The water is very close to the dock level.
  • Nancy Darby is not passable, the road is under water. Around the 1000 Block of Nancy Darby about 15-25' of roadway is washed out. Water is about 2-3' deep. At 5:52, barricades present. A ditch 4 ft deep and 10-15 ft wide is all the way across the raod. No residences are trapped that can be determined.
  • Water is up to the bridge at Hwy 181 C West at 8 mile. Water is not over the road yet.
  • On State Hwy 81 near Bruce, DOT is directing traffic.
  • At River Rd and McCaskil Rd, the water is 18- 24inches deep a mile from the river. No homes affected yet; however, cannot travel all the way to the boat ramp.
  • Cedar Log Lake Road is passable all the way to the new boat ramp. However, there is water ponding and standing at the parking lot 12 inches deep. No water on houses.
  • Berrian Lake Road is passable all the way to the old boat ramp. However, there is standing water in several yards in the area. Chelco has cut power for Berrian Lake Rd. Water is coming over the landing 150-200 yards from the landing. River is out of banks at camphouse.
  • Coon Bottom Rd is cutting off fairly bad going into Holmes County. Holmes County has been contacted.
  • Crooked CreekRd washed out right past 183, not passable.
  • Indian Creek Rd bridge is out per road foreman.
  • Mckinnon bridge is out per road foreman.

Freeport damaged roads, Deputy confirmed.

  • Dead River RD is closed, water is across it just past the pond.
  • State Hwy 81. Shut down south of Windmill. North of Windmill to the Holmes County line is open. DOT is onscene
  • Bunker Rd is still under water in spots, but traffic is passing, citizen at 90 Boone Ln advised that culvert has washed out completely and is now impassable.
  • Steelfield RD is closed with 2-3 ft of water standing.
  • River Rd is closed.
  • McKinnon Bridge RD is closed.
  • CO Hwy 3280 is shut down from Smoke House Lake RD to Magnolia RD. Large wash out at Magnolia RD.
  • Seven Runs Park is still under water.
  • Black Creek Rd area of Dowdle Gas still has water over the roadway, also NB side underwater at Joyce Rd, SB side passable.
  • JW Hollington north bound lane has standing water but passable.
  • Layfette Creek water is approx a foot from the bottom of the bridge.
  • Joe Campbell is not passable.
  • Old Jolly Bay & CO Hwy 3280 still has a lot of water flowing over the road. Approx 1 in deep.
  • Joe Dugger road is not passable.
  • Four-mile bridge water is approx. 5 feet from the bottom of the bridge @ 2043
  • Antioch Cemetery RD road is washed out but passable. End of the road has standing water.
  • Jones Rd, next to Alaqua Cove Rd, is completely under water.
  • Alaqua Cove Rd is completely under water.
  • 331 Business and State Hwy 20 has standing water.
  • Sewer Alarm going off at North Street and CR 83A, Freeport Water Department are going to fix problem.
  • Black Creek Blvd has water running across the road, but is passable.
  • Goodwin Creek Rd almost washed away per homeowner, is private road, notified road department and they advised they may be able to offer assistance from roadway to culvert.
  • 12100 State Highway 81 Private road is washed away.

Panama City Beach

Alf Coleman from Middle Beach to Back Beach (local residents only)

Front Beach and Richard Jackson

Middle Beach from Wal-Mart to Richard Jackson (partial closure)

Front Beach in front of Grand Panama (partial closure)

Panama City

15th Street from the Panama City Police station to Sherman Ave

Many large intersection impassable.

Throughout the City most draining is at capacity and overflowing.

Motorists are urged to use caution. If you don't have to be on the roadways, don't.

Lynn Haven
77 and Mosley Drive impassable

17th and Minnesota impassable

Washington County (Friday, 1 p.m.)

The American Red Cross in cooperation with the Washington County EOC and in response to the ongoing flooding event is relocating the evacuation shelter today from the Agriculture Center in Chipley to the Abigail Freewill Baptist Church in Vernon.  The shelter will be staffed and ready to meet the needs of the affected public.  Cots, blankets, and food are available.

A shelter has been available since July 3 for families displaced by the floods.  To date no one has presented themselves for assistance.  Due to the cost of maintaining shelters and the potential for needs into the coming week the shelter will be open until 7 PM today (July 5, 2013).  If no one presents for sheltering at that time the shelter will stand down and be available as new needs occur.

If you have any questions concerning sheltering you may contact the American Red Cross at 850-381-3820 or the Washington County EOC at 850-638-6203.

Walton County (Friday 12 PM)

This morning, July 5th, 2013, at 10:00am, the Walton County Board of County Commissioners held a special emergency meeting in order to discuss the declaration of a local state of emergency due to the recent storms and rain totals that have hit the area.

A motion was made by Commissioner Sara Comander and seconded by Commissioner Bill Chapman to declare a local state of emergency by resolution that will remain in place until Friday, July 12th, 2013.  The motion passed unanimously.

Information was given by Interim County Commissioner Gerry Demers that early damage totals from the rain and subsequent flooding issues are estimated to be $1.4 million.  More assessments will be done as the rain water recedes and public works crews can access additional areas of the county.

The declaration of a local state of emergency will allow the filing for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, if the County meets their dollar amount threshold as well as the state meeting their dollar amount threshold.

The Emergency Operations Center has been activated to a Level 2, which is a partial activation. Personnel will be keeping tabs on local weather conditions, flooding and storm damage. 

The South Walton Fire District is out conducting damage assessments of the South Walton area as well as deputies countywide.

If citizens have received damage due to the storm please call the Walton County Sheriff's Office non-emergency number at 850.892.8111.

Reports have come in of citizens seeing oil washing up on the beach. Please report any oil sightings to the National Response Center at 1.800.424.8802.

Update 10:30A Friday- Walton County Emergency Management is at level 2- partial activation. Walton County Commissioners met at 10:00A declaring a local state of emergency.

At 1941 hours National Weather service in Tallahassee has extended the flash flood watch until Friday 2000 hours 7/5/2013.

THE NATL WEATHER SVC IN TALLAHASSEE HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WARNING FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN FL.

CHOCTAWHATCHEE RIVER NEAR BRUCE (SR 20) AFFECTING WALTON COUNTY

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.

ALL PERSONS WITH INTEREST ALONG THE RIVER SHOULD MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.& BE PREPARED TO TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE & PROPERTY. DO NOT DRIVE CARS THROUGH FLOODED AREAS. IF YOU SEE FLOOD WATERS.REMEMBER TO TURN AROUND & DO NOT DROWN.

South Walton damaged roads have not been confirmed by Deputy. Units are working to confirm reported damage.

Report area-

1.)    Central 8th ST. Flooding

2.)    S Wall St, the beach access #3. Caller advised the RD has washed away approx. 15x4. The sand is also washing away. Public works has been notified.

3.)    Chat Holly & Rhodes Cove has approx. 4 inches of water over the road.

4.)    Wood Beach Dr. advised water from the wetlands is approx. 15ft from her house.

5.)     East Pinehurst Drive is flooded with water over the roadway.

6.)     Montigo Ave…Homeowners advised they are flooded in, advised the road is completely under water. Approx. 2 -3ft of water.

7.)    Quincy Circle on the West side is approx. a foot under water.

8.)     Pelayo Rd caller advised there is heavy flooding.

9.)    CLOSE TO E POINT WASHINGTON RD - CREEK IS OVER THE ROAD - CLOSE TO DICK SALTSMAN RD

10.) Multiple areas on Forrest Shore Dr. are underwater but still passable.

11.) Peachtree Cir- water flooding into the house from the roadway- Sink hole reported in the area.

12.) Forest Shore DR and surrounding roads can be removed from list. Not holding water at this time.

13.)  South Holiday and US Hwy 98 intersection water is still approx. a foot deep on South Holiday. US Hwy 98 doesn't appear to be effected.

14.) Culvert at Bonnie Lane is blown out in Bunker Creek. Everyone in the neighborhood is trapped.

15.) East Nursery and Tranquility approx. 100yds of water 3-4", is still passable.

16.) South Walton Lakeshore DR. Approx. 1 foot of water in front of the beach front trail.

17.)  Area of 111 Lake Cswy-  Citizen advised water is over the roadway poss. driving hazard.

18.) Area of Pine ST the road is under approx. 18inches of water. Called in by citizen.

19.)  West Hewett- The pond is now overflowing over the roadway @ 1451 road department advised they will be posting signs but not closing down the road.

20.)  600 Block and 1100 Block of Don Bishop Rd has approx. 1-2 ft. of water

21.)  CO Hwy 395 & East Point Washington Rd is still under water, several places washed out . signs have been placed.

22.) Eden Gardens parking lot is under water.

23.) Water on Driftwood Point had subsided as @ 1542 but still has some area with water crossing.

North Walton damaged roads, Deputy confirmed.

1.)    Indian Creek Ranch Rd is closed.

2.)    Deer run east has a lot of damage. Several vehicles have gotten stuck. County responded to adcheck the area.

3.)    Eight Mile Bridge has water at the bottom of the bridge.

4.)    Per EG10 – possible microburst in the area of Water Oak St, causing a pine tree to lean over roadway. 7/4/13 at 21:39

5.)    CB Whitehead RD & Pervy Campbell RD unable to drive down with a car. Water is no longer across the roadway.

6.)    Spence DR & State Hwy 81. Water is over the road 40 yards east of the intersection. Water is moving, not standing.

7.)    White Creek Rd has standing water in the road before the bridge.

8.)    State Hwy 81 & Co Hwy 183 no water at this time.

9.)    Byrd Crossroads 181C & 181A half of the road is covered but passable.

10.)  Morrison Springs Rd has some standing water, road is passable. Park & both bridges to the boat launch are ok, no water on the roadways.

11.)  Nancy Darby is not passable, the road is under water. Around the 1000 Block of Nancy Darby about 15-25' of roadway is washed out. Water is about 2-3' deep. At 5:52, barricades present.

12.) Water is up to the bridge at Hwy 181 C West at 8 mile. Water is not over the road yet.

Freeport damaged roads, Deputy confirmed.

1.)     Dead River RD is closed.

2.)    State Hwy 81. Shut down south of Windmill. North of Windmill to the Holmes County line is open. DOT is onscene

3.)    Bunker Rd is closed

4.)    Steelfield RD is closed.

5.)    River Rd is closed.

6.)    McKinnon Bridge RD is closed.

7.)    CO Hwy 3280 is shut down from Smoke House Lake RD to Magnolia RD. Large wash out at Magnolia RD.

8.)    Seven Runs Park is still under water.

9.)    Black Creek Rd area of Dowdle Gas still has water over the roadway.

10.)  JW Hollington north bound lane has standing water but passable.

11.)  Layfette Creek water is approx. a foot from the bottom of the bridge.

12.)  Joe Campbell is not passable.

13.)  Old Jolly Bay & CO Hwy 3280 still has a lot of water flowing over the road. Approx. 1 in deep.

14.)  Joe Dugger road is not passable.

15.)  Four-mile bridge water is approx. 5 feet from the bottom of the bridge @ 2043

16.)  Antioch Cemetery RD road is washed out but passable. End of the road has standing water.

Washington County (UPDATED 7/4/13)

Due to the continuing rain event across the panhandle of Florida all the roads in Washington County have been impacted.

Rising water and continued rains have made the dirt roads unstable.  Running waters have begun to erode the travel lanes.  Due to waters crossing the roads many of the dirt roads have been cut in two.

The paved roads have also been impacted.  Several paved roads have water standing or running across them creating travel hazards.

In a special briefing at the EOC this afternoon (July 4, 2013) the Washington County Board of County Commissioners declared all the roads in Washington County hazardous for traffic.  The Board urges all residents to use extreme caution and limit all travel to only that which is necessary.

This advisory is in effect until lifted by the Board.

###

Panama City, FL Wednesday, July 3, 2013 —Due to developing conditions with roads in the Vernon area, local Red Cross leadership, in coordination with Washington County Emergency Management is closing the shelter at Vernon High School and moving shelter operations to the Washington County Agricultural Center in Chipley.  The Ag Center is located on Hwy 90 West in Chipley.

According to Bob Pearce Red Cross Director, "We increasingly concerned that continued rain will make Vernon High School very difficult to access from all parts of Washington County.  The move to the Washington County Agricultural Center will ensure that shelter is available to all Washington County residents.  The shelter will open at the new location by 2pm.  Those deciding to seek shelter are urged to use extreme caution! 

Families coming to the shelter should remember to bring the following items:

1)       Identification

2)       Important medications

3)       Personal hygiene and comfort items

4)       Sleeping bags, blankets, pillows for sleeping

5)       Foods for special dietary restrictions

6)       Small games, books, etc. for children

Panama City Beach

Front Beach Road between Allison Avenue and Laurie Avenue closed due to "extreme flooding" in the area. West bound traffic is being diverted down Laurie Ave. East bound traffic is being diverted down Allison Avenue.

The above released Thursday by the Bay County Sheriff's Office.


Holmes County

The following is issued by the Holmes County Emergency Management Office at 5:00 PM on Thursday, July 4, 2013.

Due to excessive rainfall amounts and the flash flood Watch in place currently for Holmes County, we strongly urge all residents to travel only when necessary. This is an extremely dangerous situation.  Please heed all state and local warnings and barricades as posted.  Road crews and law enforcement are continuing to respond to reported hazardous road conditions.

All residents along the Choctawhatchee River should closely monitor rising waters as well as those individuals living along creeks and streams, and low-lying areas.  Minor flooding is forecast for the Choctawhatchee River cresting at 15 Foot on July 7, 2013.

If you have an Emergency, please Dial 9-1-1.  For additional information please contact the Holmes County Sheriff's Office at 850-547-3681 or the Holmes County Emergency Management Office at 850-547-1112.

===

Okaloosa County (Friday 12:21 PM)

Okaloosa County Public Works crews will continue to monitor flooding throughout rainfall periods. Motorists are reminded to use extreme caution when traveling on roads that are wet. If the road has standing water on it, turn around and find an alternate route. 

The following roads remain closed:

Meigs Drive – In Shalimar
Horse Creek Road – In Blackman
Charles Booker (County maintained portion) – under water near C-180
West Kelly – Both bridges
Johnson Road – closed but working to open
Old River Road – At Deadfall Creek – expect to be closed for a while
Lynnwood Jackson Rd – Near the intersection of Shockley Springs – access is permitted via Vinson Ray Road
Jack Road – from Billy Lundy to pond in bottom – access permitted from Senterfitt Road

The following roads are open:

Old River Road – At Big Horse Creek
Yellow River Baptist Church
Jordan Road – open – rough in some places
Old Antioch – still some minor water on the road – use caution
Finkel Road – temporary repairs have been made – use caution

-end-

Calhoun County (Friday 8:59A)

Due to heavy rainfall Calhoun County is experiencing minor flash flooding. All county roads are open at this time. The Apalachicola River is currently at 13.29' and forecast to rise to 15.9' by July 6th, which will put it at minor flood stage. The Chipola River (at Altha) is currently at 10.66' and forecast to rise to 16.9' by July 7th. The current forecast levels are not expected to impact any roads or structures.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please call Calhoun County Emergency Management at 850-674-8075 or 850-643-7980.
 

Florida Department of Health in Bay County   

ALERT TO PRIVATE WELL OWNERS IN FLOODED AREAS

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County advises private well owners affected by flood waters to take precautions against disease-causing organisms that may make their water unsafe to drink.

 

One of the following methods is recommended as a precaution:

  • Use bottled water, especially for mixing baby formula; or
  • Boil water before use, holding it at rolling boil for at least one minute before using it for drinking, washing, cooking, etc.; or
  • Disinfect water by adding 8 drops (about 1/8 tsp – this would form a puddle about the size of a dime) of plain unscented household bleach (4 to 6%) per gallon of water, and then let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy after 30 minutes, repeat the procedure. Use a container that has a cap or cover for disinfecting and storing water to be used for drinking. This will prevent contamination.

After the flooding subsides:

  • Disinfect your well using the procedures available from the Florida Department of Health in Bay County or provided by the Florida Department of Health at http://www.doh.state.fl.us/environment/water/manual/floodinf.htm; and
  • Have your water tested by the Florida Department of Health in Bay County or by a laboratory certified by the State to perform a drinking water analysis for coliform bacteria.
  • Continue to use bottled/boiled/disinfected water until lab tests confirm that it is safe.

For further information, please contact the Florida Department of Health in Bay County at:

(850) 872-4660 ext 1224 or visit www.doh.state.fl.us or www.FloridaDisaster.org.

 

FLOODING CAN CAUSE PROBLEMS WITH SEWAGE SYSTEMS

In periods of heavy rain, you may be experiencing difficulties with your sewage system not functioning properly.  If you have a septic system that operates by a dosing pump, it will not function without electricity.  You should refrain from using water in your home as much as possible until electricity is restored.  Without the pump working, the tanks will fill and may cause backups of sewage in your home.

General precautions:

  • Do not let children play in flood waters as these waters may be contaminated by sewage.
  • If you live in a low-lying or flood-prone area, the ground in your area may be saturated from heavy rainfalls or flooding.  You should use household water as little as possible to prevent backups of sewage into your home

 What should I do if sewage backs up?

  • If a sewage backup has occurred in your home, stay out of affected areas and keep children away.  If your entire home has been saturated, abandon the home until all affected areas, including but not limited to carpets, rugs, sheetrock, drywall, and baseboards, have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
  • If sewage has overflowed in open areas or streets, etc., avoid these areas and keep children out of these areas.
  • If you are having problems in areas served by sewer systems, please contact your utility company to insure they are aware of problems in your area.

For further information, please contact the Florida Department of Health in Bay County, Environmental Health Services: 850-872-4660 ext. 1224 or visit www.doh.state.fl.us or www.FloridaDisaster.org.