Calhoun County Officials Hoping for Federal Relief

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CALHOUN COUNTY - Calhoun County officials are having trouble finding the funds to repair roads damaged across the county. They expect it to cost millions. Officials hope to receive relief from the federal government

Calhoun county emergency management officials are assessing the damage left by Wednesday's severe weather. There are about 30 roads damaged that are expected to cost millions to fix.

Officials say they haven't seen anything like this in some time.

"It's been a while. Now our roads are in really good condition. We've got good lime rock roads. A lot of mitigation has gone on in the last few years, but this was just with the ground saturated, it was just more than a lot of these tributaries and all could take," said Angie Smith, Calhoun County Emergency Management Director.

School officials canceled classes since Wednesday afternoon because road conditions like these turned hazardous for buses and children. Schools in the area managed to be unharmed by the storm.

"We didn't have any damage to any of our schools. Now we had some flooding in places, but in terms of physical damage to any of the buildings and facilities we have, no damage that i'm aware of," said Ralph Yoder, Calhoun County Superintendent.

For the last few days, classes have looked like this. Teachers are taking the day to prepare for when these classrooms are filled again next week.

"So the big thing is just coming in Monday letting them know that these days we've had off so to speak for the weather, but we're ready to work and we've got a lot of stuff we're going to get done," said James McCalvin, Blountstown Middle School Teacher.

Emergency management officials expect both the Chipola and Apalachicola rivers to rise a couple of feet over the weekend.