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Flooding Closes Scenic Highway 30-A, Other Roads in Walton County

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Walton County is under a local state of emergency, as major flooding closed dozens of roads in the northern and southern parts of the county. The area received nearly a foot of rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"This rain event is something that we're not used to," Louis Svehla, Spokesman for Walton County, said.  "We have seen a lot of flooding and high waters in areas that we don't normally see high water."

On Wednesday, Public Works Crews were out surveying the damage mother nature caused and making on repairs to roads they could safely and easily access.

"In North Walton County, most of the issues are going to be where people know that they normal are, and with some of our dirt roads," Svehla added.

More than 80 Sheriff's deputies and citizen volunteers assisted with emergency management and rerouting drivers away from dangerous roads.

"There has been a lot of structural damage in the South end of the county, you know we've had some areas where it's actually washed out into the Gulf," Catherine Rodriguez, Spokeswoman for the Sheriff"s Office, said.  "We've had other areas where huge pieces of road has washed away."

Svehla said Highway 98 and Scenic Highway 30-A were two of the hardest hit areas. 30-A remained closed Wednesday night with extensive damage. Some roads are nearly a foot under water while others were washed out in sections. 

"We do know we're going to have some repairs to do on 30-A," he added.  "We're not sure how extensive those repairs are going to be."

"We've got to wait until the water starts to recede, it's still pretty high now," Rodriguez added.  "Our deputies are making periodic checks on a lot of these roads, and we're working with the county."

Walton County Commissioners will meet for a special meeting at 9:00 a.m. Thursday in Defuniak Springs to discuss the local state of emergency and needed repairs.     

"We believe we're going to have water runoff occur and get back to work [Thursday, and probably start working on some roads, and gain access as early as we can in the morning," Svehla said.