Washington County Floods

By: Jason Davis
By: Jason Davis

Residents of Washington County are seeing the flood waters recede, while in some areas, folks say it may still be rising.

Charles Ritter lives in Niceville, but he's had a weekend home in Washington County for several years. He knows what to expect when it rains.

Charles says, "We've been here since '87 and at least once a year or more we go through this, so it's kind of old hat to us now. At least it didn't get into our power box."

Charles says that since he's had his getaway house along Holmes Creek, most of his neighbors have moved away, while he and his wife count their losses once a year.

"We probably lost a lot of little piddle stuff. When you move you divide it into essential and non-essential, and most of the non-essential, and there's a lot of non-essential stuff floating around. That's what we're over here now doing, just picking up the stuff that we don't want to get back into the creek."

Holmes Creek is fed by the Choctawhatchee River. People that live near it in Careyville know the damage that this river can do.

Earl Forehand, a Washington County resident, says, “In ‘94 we had water on our porch. It ain't as bad as we though it was going to be this time. I still think we're going to have some more water. “

He may be right. The latest reports say the river is still rising.

Gene Forehand, also a Washington County resident, says, “I happen to work for the city of Careyville as maintenance and it hasn't crested yet. We've experience a couple more streets yesterday and last night that's gotten covered with water, so it obviously still rising.”

Damage assessment teams from the state have been dispatched to Washington County. The information they gather will determine whether or not Gov. Bush declares the flood damage in that county a disaster.


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