Word of heavy rains in Holmes County spread quickly this morning.
Emergency management officials were quickly on standby to monitor the situation.
“When you get a large amount of rain in a short period of time, the dangers are the water standing in the road ways and people not adhering to cautions and driving through.” EMA Director Wanda Stafford said.
When rain like this comes to town, they really want everyone to stay off the roadways.
“The bridges and the dirt roads there are some that are prone, with the creeks rising that may flood and we just urge everyone to use precautions.” Stafford said.
“Well go out and check the roads make sure they are clear and make sure debris hasn’t got up in the culverts if the culverts need to be cleaned out we will get machines out there, hose, tools to clear the culverts.” Holmes County Road Department worker Gary Everett said.
Another concern in the back of everyone’s mind is the river that flows right through town...the Choctawhatchee.
“According to the rain fall that rains north of is in the Alabama counties, for every inch that it rains up there, we can plan on the river rising a foot in our area.” Stafford said.
However, Stafford says the river is very low right now and can handle the rain.
The Choctawhatchee river flows through our county, it’s very low right now. The river reading is at 1. 43 as of ten this morning. And the flood stage is at twelve, so we can actually stand a lot of rainfall.
And no matter what happens, the Holmes county road department will be prepared.
“We will be on call if our foremens need us or the county needs us we will be there.” Everett said.
They are not expecting the river to rise to fifteen feet until around august eleventh.
Although the river may rise to fifteen feet, e-m-a officials say people should be fine.
They would start evacuating homes when the river reached seventeen feet.
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