Washington County in Flood Trouble

By: Victoria Rosa Email
By: Victoria Rosa Email

Officials are working to extend their local state of emergency and say this measure is crucial.

"Even during some of the storms I've never seen this much in one area and I've been here 32 years working with Washington County," says Washington County Public Work Supervisor Dallas Carter.

That's why Washington County officials unanimously voted Sunday to extend their local emergency status. It runs out on Tuesday but with heavy damage Public Safety Director Lyyn Abel says additional state aide is needed...

"We've had 38 homes reporting damage, 28 of those flooded, we've had several facilities, businesses and otherwise that have reported damages as well and flooding," says Abel.

The county is also have to deal with major road damage. The heavy rain has saturated several dirt roads, making it nearly impossible for crews to repair.

"Its just so saturated right now we cant do nothing, you know we got to wait til the water goes down and dries out a little bit. We will be out there working though. My concern is the safety of the people on these roads. Please don't try and cross these washouts," says Carter.

As the Choctawhatchee continues to flood, Ebro and Caryville continue to take on more water. That's why Abel says state approval is needed soon.

"As quickly as we can, numbers are going to be put together and we are going to get some preliminary damage estimates and send those in to the state and also request a state preliminary damage assessment team come in and look at the damage".

Right now barricades and warning signs are set up around Washington County but with more flooding in sight, there's no word on when they'll be taken down.

Emergency management officials say if residents need help getting out of their homes, to call 850 638 6203.

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