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Washington County Area Residents Urged to Evacuate

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Due to continued rain and rising water, residents on Wages Pond Road, Little Wages Road, River Lake Drive and the unpaved portion of Deadening Road are strongly urged to consider evacuation to eliminate the possibility of being stranded by flooding.

This is a life and safety issue that should be given the utmost attention. At 6 p.m. this evening, a shelter will be opened by the Central Panhandle Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Sunny Hills Community Center located at 4083 Challenger Blvd, Chipley, Florida.

If you plan to evacuate to a Red Cross shelter, you may need these personal supplies:
  • Bedding: Everyone occupying a shelter must bring their own sheets, blankets and pillows. If you have camping cots or inflatable mattresses, you are encouraged to bring them, as growing shelter populations will shorten cot supply.
  • Special needs foods, snacks: Shelter occupants who have special dietary needs must bring those foods. Shelters will provide cooked meals but no prescriptive foods. You are also encouraged to bring snacks.
  • Important documents: Copies of medical records, insurance information, deeds or leases, birth certificates and utility bills showing address are important to have on hand. They are not required but would be helpful in the event of an emergency.
  • Personal hygiene items: Toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, soaps and lotions must be provided by the individual.
  • Medications: Bring any prescriptions or medications you need
  • Entertainment: Families are advised to bring games, books or toys that can occupy or calm kids
What to Do if You Are Driving During a Flood:
  • Avoid already flooded areas, and areas subject to sudden flooding. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Most flood fatalities are caused by people attempting to drive through water, or people playing in high water. The depth of water is not always obvious. The roadbed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped. Rapidly rising water may stall the engine, engulf the vehicle and its occupants, and sweep them away. Look out for flooding at highway dips, bridges, and low areas. Two feet of water will carry away most automobiles.
  • If you are driving and come upon rapidly rising waters, turn around and find another route. Move to higher ground away from rivers, streams, creeks, and storm drains. If your route is blocked by flood waters or barricades, find another route. Barricades are put up by local officials to protect people from unsafe roads. Driving around them can be a serious risk.
  • If your vehicle becomes surrounded by water or the engine stalls, and if you can safely get out, abandon your vehicle immediately and climb to higher ground. Many deaths have resulted from attempts to move stalled vehicles. When a vehicle stalls in the water, the water's momentum is transferred to the car. The lateral force of a foot of water moving at 10 miles per hour is about 500 pounds on the average automobile. The greatest effect is buoyancy--for every foot that water rises up the side of a car, it displaces 1,500 pounds of the car's weight. So, two feet of water moving at 10 miles per hour will float virtually any car. Many persons have been swept away by flood waters upon leaving their vehicles, which are later found without much damage. Use caution when abandoning your vehicle, and look for an opportunity to move away quickly and safely to higher ground.