Washington Co. Declares State of Emergency

The Washington County Commission met in Chipley Wednesday afternoon and declared a local State of Emergency beginning at noon and continuing until all threats have passed.

Several Roadways throughout the county as well as homes, and public buildings in the Vernon area have been impacted due to continuous flash flooding.

The National Weather Service has notified the Emergency Management staff that the flash flooding threat could continue through the afternoon and evening hours with additional rain forecast through Friday morning.

County Officials strongly urge all residents to stay tuned to local media outlets for the latest information on this serious situation.

Additional traffic is probable through the 4th of July Holiday weekend. Please use extreme caution while traveling as county crews and law enforcement are still identifying flooded areas.

Local Red Cross leadership, in coordination with Washington County Emergency Management is opening Vernon High School as a shelter for families that are impacted by flooding. The shelter will open at 3pm.

Families coming to the shelter should remember to bring the following items:
1) Identification
2) Important medications
3) Personal hygiene and comfort items
4) Sleeping bags, blankets, pillows for sleeping
5) Foods for special dietary restrictions
6) Small games, books, etc. for children

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