Flooded Roads

By: Jason Davis
By: Jason Davis

The sun may be shining again, but the trouble's not over. Some roads are still closed.

Wet weather was responsible for all sorts of trouble around the Panhandle over the past couple of days. The rain may have held for the moment, but that didn't stop the Apalachicola River in Blountstown from rising a few more inches overnight.

Adrian White, a Blountstown resident, says, “If it rises any more, a couple of houses where stay are going to be in danger. It's steady gaining. Yesterday it was at 23 and today it's at 24.”

The river is considered flood stage at 15 feet, but while some people are on edge, others say they're used to it.

C.L. Capps, also a Blountstown resident, says, "Well, we're born and raised here. We know what the river can do and we know what to expect out of the river, so it doesn't bother us."

Washington County declared a local state of emergency Friday and this is the reason why all citizens were advised to avoid traveling dirt roads. Several of them were simply washed away.

Jackson County also had its share of roads problems. County 167, also known as the Panama City cutoff, has now been cut off to all traffic thanks to about five feet of standing water.

According to Jackson County Emergency Management, the road may not open again until Tuesday.

Rodney Andreasen, Jackson County EOC Director, says, "I do want to warn people; if they see water cross the road, don't even attempt to go across. I don't care if they think they got a vehicle that will do it. They don't know what's under that water and they don't know what's beyond that. They may lose a vehicle."

In other words: turn around, don't drown. Experts say nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle related.


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