Areas of Walton County are Under Water

By: Cynthia Washington Email
By: Cynthia Washington Email

Signs warning of flooding can see around Walton County.

“We are right a crest stage and flooding stage at Ebro at the 20 bridge and Walton County is about four and a half feet over the normal flood stage right now so we have a little water encroachment on county and on personal property,” Major Joseph Preston, director of emergency management of Walton County.

Rains have put areas around the county under water.

“We will keep our eye on it both visually having deputies patrol the area and in fact I was on the river on a boat we also have our marine unit that patrols the river as well to look out for the welfare and safety of folks to make sure they aren’t stranded or trapped by the high waters and that kind of stuff so we will continue that over the next two days as we see the waters begin to recede and go down,” said Preston.

Although the flooding has put some residents at risk, no one was in immediate danger

“We haven’t had to open any shelters or anything like that,” said Preston.

Big cedar road is one of the streets that has been washed out but the flooding didn’t just affect the people of Walton county it also affected the animals.

“The other thing we have to be cognitive of is wildfire is often disturbed when things are flooded and we have things like snakes and alligators and those kinds of things and their homes have been disturbed as well so we encourage folks to stay out of those areas,” said Preston.

Major Preston says in two or three days he hopes everything will be back to normal.

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