Major Flooding in Washington Co., Shelter Moved

VERNON, Florida - Nearly a dozen buildings in Vernon are currently flooded. As a result,
the Washington County Emergency Management Office has moved the shelter from Vernon High School to the Agricultural Center on Hwy 90 in Chipley.

“We increasingly concerned that continued rain will make Vernon High School very difficult to access from all parts of Washington County." said Red Cross Director Bob Pearce. "Those deciding to seek shelter are urged to use extreme caution!"

EMA officials also closed all county dirt roads at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, due to excessive rainfall.

More rain and flash flooding is expected, especially in Caryville and Ebro.

EMA officials are calling the flooding “an extremely dangerous situation” and caution people to use extreme caution on all county paved roads until further notice

Residents who live along the Choctawhatchee River, as well creeks and streams, are being warned to to keep a close eye on water levels today.

If you have an emergency, dial 9-1-1 or the Emergency Management Office at 850-638-6203.