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Local State of Emergency Declarations

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Many Panhandle-area counties have declared a local state of emergency this morning. In addition, Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for many Panhandle Counties.

FLORIDA STATE OF EMERGENCY

Governor Rick Scott has issued a state of emergency for the following Florida counties: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Liberty, Franklin, Gadsden, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Gilchrist, Alachua, and Levy Counties.

WALTON COUNTY

The Walton County Division of Emergency Management declared a local state of emergency for Walton County and moved the Emergency Operations Center to level two.

This declaration and activation are due to recent and current severe weather and local flooding throughout the county.

Walton County Schools have been closed for today, Wednesday, April 30th.

To ensure safety, people are urged to stay off of the roads if possible.  Public Works crews have been dispatched throughout the County to assess flooding and damage to local roadways and neighborhoods.

Additional information will be provided as it is received from the Emergency Management Director.

The above was released Wednesday morning by Walton County.

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Based on information provided by the National Weather Service and State Meteorologist regarding the potential for thunderstorms over the next 24 hours and ongoing rain for the next few days, Washington County has declared a Local State of Emergency effective at 2PM today, April 29, 2014.

The Choctawhatchee River, creeks and streams will rise.  Most water on roadways will recede fairly quickly after the rain has stopped.  It's important that drivers use caution when traveling on roads and particularly dirt roads.  Unseen road damage could be hidden by muddy waters, DO NOT drive through standing water. To report dangerous road conditions call 638-6280.

Schools and government offices will be open on Wednesday, April 30.

CRESTVIEW

The Mayor of the City of Crestview has issued a State of Emergency in the Crestview area due to the continued flooding, and storm damage as a result of the current storms.

Citizens that have been evacuated from their residences or those that have been flooded and are in need of shelter, may report to the City of Crestview Community Center located on Commerce Drive. The City of Crestview is currently establishing a shelter at that location.

There are multiple roadways that are completely impassable due to flooding, or roadway damage. Drivers are encouraged to keep off of flooded or water covered roadways, as there are several vehicles that are currently under water, and roadways may be washed out under the water.

All drivers must obey roadblocks and barricades, as roadways that have these placed on them are considered unsafe. There is a high risk of injury or death for those that breach barricades in an attempt circumvent the detours.

If citizens have an emergency, or are trapped in vehicles, we are asking them to dial 911 immediately. If you have question, information or concerns, please contact the Crestview Police Department dispatch center at 850-682-2055.

CITY OF DESTIN

The City of Destin has declared a State of Emergency in response to flooding. City emergency personnel are currently assessing flooded areas and deploying pumps to alleviate flooded roads. All city facilities will be closed today, April 30. Officials urge everyone to stay off the roadways.

Solid waste services (yard waste) is also suspended today.

Stay tuned to www.cityofdestin.com for roads assessment update.

CALHOUN COUNTY

Calhoun County Emergency Management officials declared a local state of emergency at 4;15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29th. All Calhoun County schools are closed today. Officials report several roads underwater and numerous road closures. The Chipola and Apalachicola Rivers are rising and expected to reach moderate flood stage. Officials are planning for isolated pockets of population to be affected by flash and river flooding and road conditions, roads that may be underwater may be undermined and possible structures affected by rising river waters.