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Washington County survey flood damage

By: Rhiana Huckins Email
By: Rhiana Huckins Email

Roads, yards, homes, even bridges are underwater in Washington County adding up to more than $16 million worth of damage.

Alligator Creek, which dumps into the Choctawhatchee River, is at an extremely high level.

“It crested at about 18 feet near Caryville. There was a lot of flooding in that area, now its going toward Ebro and yesterday afternoon it was at about 21 feet" says Eddy Holman, District 4 County Commissioner.

Officials believe a twister ripped through part of the county Thursday night, knocking down trees, bringing down power lines and leaving hundreds without electricity.

The public works department is trying to repair as much damage as they can because more rain is expected this weekend.

"They're trying to repair the areas just the areas that people need to get through. School starts Monday morning, the buses will be out, so that is a real concern," says Holman.

Washington County Officials closed every dirt road in the county as a safety precaution. There are many citizens living along the roads and they are asked to only leave their homes if necessary.

"We are doing this to protect citizens and those who are visiting the area and don't know our roads well".

No injuries have been reported from the storms, and no residents have been displaced.
A shelter will be on standby this weekend in Vernon at the Community Center.

Washington country residents who have not reported their damage are asked to contact the Washington County EMA at 850-638-6203


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