Flooding Increases on the Lower Choctawhatchee

The Steelfield community, which straddles Bay and Walton Counties, is still dealing with heavy flooding, and residents say it’s getting worse.

Picture water in your living room and lapping at your front door, and it's not going away. Emergency Management officials believe the lower Choctawhatchee River area could see ten more inches of water because of Wednesday night's rain.

Many trailers near the Steelfield Fish Camp, Otter Creek and Pine Log communities already sit in more than a foot of water. Residents have moved what they can to higher ground, including their campers which are lined up on a dirt road nearby. Many have decided to evacuate on their own.

Barring any more rain, the water should begin to recede by Sunday on the lower Choctawhatchee. Homeowners in that area say they can’t wait for it to start drying out.


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