Locals and tourists found ways to beat a "flooded Fourth" on Independence Day. Indoor attractions like WonderWorks on Front Beach Road were packed. Employees were mopping floors as quickly as soaked but excited children and families got in line for the attraction.
Strong winds and heavy downpours forced many to find things to do inside. The conditions made it dangerous and tough to drive. The beach received more than 10 inches of rain which put many streets underwater.
The Bay County Sheriff's Office and Panama City Beach Police Department blocked off multiple sections of roads and were rerouting traffic on the beach.
In some areas on the East end, you could barely see where the pavement ended, making it a struggle to drive on those roads.
Towing companies were busy pulling smaller cars from roads where the water was too high for them pass, and the Panama City Beach Fire Department was removing trees that were blown over onto the road.
Sheriff's deputies and police officers are redirecting traffic in multiple areas. As of Thursday afternoon, those include:
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)
While the roads are closed, it's best to stay indoors. However, if you need to leave, remember the all important rule, "turn around, don't drown." If you're not sure your vehicle will make it through, turn around and take another route.