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Winter Storm County by County Updates

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Bay County

The Bay County Sheriff's Office is asking Panama City Beach residents crossing the bridge to use Front Beach Road ONLY to access the Panama City Beach area.

School district officials have received advisories from Florida Department of Transportation and the Emergency Operations Center that ice on roads and bridges will still be a problem in the early morning hours tomorrow. Therefore, Superintendent Bill Husfelt has decided he will keep schools closed for students and teachers again on Thursday, January 30th.

Bay Base and Tom P. Haney will also be closed.

The following employees will report to work at 12:00 noon on Thursday ~ All employees of district-level offices and departments, all employees who are employed for twelve months (confidential secretaries, custodians, etc.)  and all school-level administrators (principals, assistant principals, administrative assistants, etc.). Temporary workers and substitutes should not report for duty.

If you have any questions, please contact your principal or supervisor.  

Everyone should pay attention to media reports and email for further information about schools if conditions change.
Bay County Commission offices to open at noon Thursday
 
In light of continued roadway problems due to the winter storm, the offices under the purview of the Bay County Board of County Commissioners will open at noon Thursday, Jan. 30.  All Bay County Commission-governed offices will be open to the public, including the Bay County Public Library and Animal Services.

The Bay County Health Department will open at noon.

The offices of the Bay County Tax Collector, Bay County Property Appraiser and Supervisor of Elections will be closed all day.

Due to weather conditions, Bay Town Trolley will operate service as follows:

Service will not operate on Wednesday, January 29, 2014.  On Thursday, January 30, 2014, service will begin when road conditions are safe, thus it is likely service will not begin until later in the day.  Call before you ride: 850-769-0557.

Due to weather conditions, Bay Area Transportation will operate service as follows:

Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30, 2014, when road conditions are safe, only dialysis trips will be provided. All other trips are canceled unless weather and road conditions improve later Thursday. Call before you ride: 850-785-0808 or 850-619-1223.

Awards Ceremony Rescheduled for Three Rivers Science and Engineering Fair

Panama City, FL - The awards ceremony for the Three Rivers Regional Science and Engineering Fair has been rescheduled for Monday, February 3, 2014, at the Holley Academic Center on the campus of Florida State University Panama City. A slide show will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the awards presentation to follow at 7:00 p.m.
 
Update: Gulf Coast State College Closed Thursday

Panama City, FL –  Based on information from the Emergency Operations Center and DOT, all four campuses of Gulf Coast State College will remain closed Thursday, January 30. All day and evening classes and campus activities are suspended during this time. The College will re-open for normal business hours on Friday, January 31 for all students and college employees.

School officials will continue to monitor weather conditions. Please stay tuned to local media and GCSC social media for updates.

Panama City, FL – Due to the overnight severe weather and icy road conditions, all Gulf Coast Workforce Board and Workforce Center offices in the region will closed on Thursday, January 30.

At this time, Gulf Coast Workforce Board officials plan to re open at normal business hours on Friday, weather permitting. Please stay tuned to the Workforce Center website and Facebook page for updates.

Waste Management

  • Bay County one-time-a-week Wednesday routes will run a day behind schedule for the remainder of the week; Wednesday customers will receive service Thursday, Jan. 30; Thursday customers on Friday, Jan. 31; and Friday customers on Saturday, Feb. 1. Two-time-a-week Wednesday routes will receive service Saturday, Feb. 1, on their regularly-scheduled day.
  • City of Springfield service will not be affected; regularly-scheduled Thursday routes will receive service on Thursday, regularly-scheduled Friday routes will receive service on Friday.
  • Tyndall Air Force Base service will not be affected; regularly-scheduled Thursday routes will receive service on Thursday.
  • TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. –Due to the forecasted impacts of continued hazardous/inclement weather, all military and civilian personnel assigned to Tyndall in non-mission critical jobs are directed by the 325th Fighter Wing Commander to remain at home Thursday, Jan. 30 unless recalled by their supervisor. All individuals will report to work Friday, Jan. 31, at normal reporting times unless notified otherwise.

    All medical appointments are canceled, and all medical facilities are closed until Friday, Jan. 31.

    Personnel not knowing their status should contact their commander or supervisor. Contractors should consult their cognizant contracting officer for specific instructions.

    Base personnel should continue to check with their supervisor, work centers, the Tyndall website, www.tyndall.af.mil, or the Tyndall Facebook, www.facebook.com/325fwTyndall, page for additional information.

    All base facilities will be closed with the exception of Berg Liles for normal hours and lodging facilities.

    For information of all facilities closed, please refer to the Tyndall website.

    The Tyndall Waterways Security Proposal Town Hall scheduled for Jan. 30 in Mexico Beach has also been postponed. We will post further information when a new date is scheduled.

    Jackson County

    NOW OPEN:

    • Magnolia Rd at the Chipola River bridge, detour: Hope School Rd or Iron Bridge Rd
    • Peacock Bridge Rd at the Chipola River bridge, detour: Hwy 90, Marianna
    • Fairview Rd at Dry Creek, detour: Gardenview Rd or Laramore Rd

    Walton County

    Due to current and projected weather predictions, Walton County Government offices will also be closed Thursday, January 30th.  Road conditions are not expected to improve over the next 24 hours and based on weather reports the County will be experiencing even harder freeze tonight.

    In addition, we have received confirmation from the school system that Walton County Schools will also be closed tomorrow.

    WCSO Encourages Citizens to Stay Home and Stay Safe

     The Walton County Sheriff's Office urges residents to play it safe and stay home.  Hazardous weather conditions continue to effect roads and bridges.  At this time the Clyde B Wells Bridge (331) is re-opened.  Roads in the north end of the county continue to remain closed due to ice and fallen trees.  Walton County Public Works crews and DOT crews will continue to monitor the roads and will continue working to clear and open roads when possible.  Walton County Schools will continue to be closed through Thursday, January 30th due to freezing rain, ice and hazardous road conditions.   

    Should you have an emergency, please call 911. Otherwise please stay tuned to local news and social media sites for updates. The Sheriff's Office communications center is getting flooded with questions and we need to keep the lines open for emergencies. We appreciate your help in this matter.

    Holmes County

    Schools will be closed through Thursday.

    County Offices closed this afternoon at 3:00 P.M. and will remain closed through tomorrow.  Road and Bridge will be working tomorrow.

    No shelters open at this time.

    No Roads closed at this time.

    Please use extreme caution for necessary travel only.  

    Washington County

    Washington County Schools will be closed for students and teachers tomorrow, January 30.  12 month employeess should report to work at 10AM.

    Washington County Government Offices will be opened.  Employees with questions should contact their direct supervisors.

    Residents are urged to use extreme caution when traveling.

    Gulf County

    Gulf County remains under a Local State of Emergency.

    County Offices will be closed Thursday except for essential personnel.

    All bridges in the county remain open. Travelers are asked to use extreme caution when crossing bridges.

    ***SCHOOL CLOSURES FOR GULF COUNTY***

    After being notified by Emergency Management a short while ago that Gulf County has been put under a local state of emergency we have made the obvious decision to extend the school closure through THURSDAY.

    School will resume on Friday, January 31, 2014,

    Please be advised we will be doing a district-wide call out regarding Thursday's school closure. Should you have any questions or comments, please contact me directly on my cell (850-227-5883). ...
     
    GULF COUNTY – Department of Health in Gulf County (DOH-Gulf) will be closed all day on Thursday, January 30, 2014.

    The public is encouraged to listen to local weather reports and media for updated information.

    All DOH-Gulf clinics and other services will be suspended, including:

    • WIC clinic and voucher pick-up services,
    • Vital statistics services,
    • Environmental health services,
    • Dental Clinic services
    • Family health, family planning, immunizations, sexually transmitted disease (STD), tuberculosis (TB), and Primary care clinics.

    To reschedule an appointment when services resume, call DOH-Gulf and (850) 227-1276 for Port St. Joe and (850) 639-2644 for Wewahitchka.

    DOH protects, promotes and improves the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

    For more information, contact the Florida Department of Health in Gulf County at 850-227-1276.

    Waste Management

    Gulf County regularly-scheduled Wednesday routes will run a day behind schedule for the remainder of the week; Wednesday customers will receive service Thursday, Jan. 30; Thursday customers on Friday, Jan. 31; and Friday customers on Saturday, Feb. 1.

     City of Wewahitchka service will not be affected; regularly-scheduled Thursday routes will receive service on Thursday.

    Calhoun County

    • Calhoun County Schools are closed Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30, 2014.
    • The Calhoun County Courthouse is closed on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 and Thursday, January 30, 2014.
    • The Trammell Apalachicola Bridge is currently open to light vehicles until 6:00 p.m. (CT) unless upon revelation of roadway conditions it is determined that it can remain open for a longer period of time.

    Citizens are urged to limit travel and use extreme caution.

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