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How To Report Flood Damage in Walton County

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For many areas in the Panhandle, the brief sunshine made a long-awaited appearance today. As flooded areas start to dry out, the damage is being uncovered. Emergency officials are asking for the public's help in reporting damage from the recent severe weather and flooding. The Walton County Division of Emergency Management tell me their initial costs estimates for roads is nearly $17 million. Some roads have been assessed but some are still underwater and officials can't even begin to estimate damage for those roads. And when it comes to houses, officials have no way of telling of much damage the flooding caused homeowners. That's why they've opened their storm damage reporting for homeowners and business owners. Which will assist officials when reporting the damage to FEMA. Walton County Emergency Management Director, Russell Beaty, says they can't possibly assess all the damage themselves, "in a flooding situation its's hard for our damage assessment team to visibly recognize homes that have been damaged so it's very important for homeowners to let us know."

Residents or business owners with damage can file a report by phone 850-951-7006 or online at Walton County's website, http://www.co.walton.fl.us/FormCenter/Administration-3/Spring-2014-Flooding-Event-Residential-R-55..