Local State of Emergency Set for Washington County, Florida

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This story was updated at 4:18 p.m. with additional information.

Washington County Officials have declared a state of emergency.

Dozens of the county's roads are under water, as are resident's homes.

The flash flooding began this morning and already, families are choosing to evacuate their homes.

However, for families like the Laminack's, they have no choice.

"We've lost everything. We've been dealing with the massive flood that has come with all this rain and it has just wiped everything out. We have nothing left. Nothing," said Kelly Laminack of Dawkin Street in Vernon, Fl.

The Red Cross has set up a shelter at Vernon High School.
A message from the Emergency Management Coordinator of Washington County, Florida.

The Board of County Commissioners met in Special Session today to declare a local State of Emergency, effective at noon on Wednesday, July 3 and continuing until all threats have passed.

Several Roadways throughout the county as well as homes, and public buildings in the Vernon area have been impacted due to continuous flash flooding. The National Weather Service has notified the Emergency Management staff that the flash flooding threat could continue through the afternoon and evening hours with additional rain forecast through Friday morning, July 5.

At this time the Emergency Management Office is coordinating with the American Red Cross to set up shelter in the Vernon area.

County Officials strongly urge all residents to stay tuned to local media outlets for the latest information on this serious situation. Additional traffic is probable through the 4th of July Holiday weekend. Please use extreme caution while traveling as county crews and law enforcement are still identifying flooded areas.

Road closures can be viewed at washingtonfl.com along with sheltering information.

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