Marianna- Coastal counties have been gearing up for tropical storm Isaac by putting up storm shutters and covering windows with ply wood. But, inland counties have been preparing a bit differently. Jackson County Commissioners and officials met Monday and made a plan of action.
"Out of precaution we went ahead and got our local state of emergency, which allows us to do the things that we need to do" said Emergency Operations Director, Rodney Andreasen.
The biggest concerns expressed in the meeting were for flooding, falling trees and impassable roads. 800 of the 1200 miles that make up the county are dirt roads. In an area already saturated from rain, officials told us it wouldn't take much to wash out the roads.
"With the rain we've had recently, in the past month, any rain right now would be bad" said Robert Douthit, Jackson County Road and Bridge District 4 Supervisor.
The impending weather made for a busy day at the Roads and Bridges Department. "We've received 33 loads [of sand] so far. We're expecting another ten to twelve loads this afternoon" Douthit told us.
Andreasen advised, "If you've had your road flood before and you're afraid that you may not get out the next morning, you might want to go ahead and make arrangements for the next day."
But some dirt road residents weren't so concerned. "We've been through this before. So, we're just going to hunker down and go with the flow" said Marianna resident, Minnie Gause.
It was good advice- authorities said the 'flow' could potentially keep some residents stranded for a while.
Douthit told us, "We'll try to get them out as quickly as possible. If the road is completely covered under water we'll have to wait for the water to recede."