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Water Table Full & Local State of Emergency Extended in Jackson County

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In some areas of Jackson County up to six feet of water sits on top of county roads. many others have massive washouts and exposed pipes as a result of last week's rain event. Last week Jackson County declared a Local State of Emergency, and the emergency has been extended through this week. This allows the county access to more supplies, money and manpower; all of which are greatly needed now.

Fairview Road at the Panhandle cutoff in Marianna is under 5-6 feet of water and is one of 59 county roads that are closed. According to Jackson County Road Department Superintendent, Al Green, the county may have over two million dollars in road damages. Crews have been working around the clock since Friday putting in 12 hour days, but ultimately roads need to dry up for crews to fix major issues and that may take a while. Fairview Road may be closed up to three weeks. Crews are placing barricades on concerning roads for caution. Sheriff Lou Roberts says people are moving the barricades, putting themselves and the road in danger, "Respect peoples property. Don't compromise the roads that are already in bad shape, its already costing the county a tremendous amount of money. It's very costly and very dangerous."

The county is meeting with the state Thursday to discuss getting more resources and possibly federal aid.