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Walton County prepares for Hurricane Sally

Published: Sep. 14, 2020 at 4:42 PM CDT
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WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG) - UPDATE: September 14, 2020 (5:30pm)

The Walton County Commission has voted to close all Government Offices at noon on Tuesday, September 15.

County officials say the closure doesn’t include essential employees, but it does close all offices to the public.

We’re told commissioners will meet again at 10am Tuesday at the Walton County Emergency Operations Center for an update on Hurricane Sally and determine if additional measures need to be taken.

To find your evacuation zone, please visit: https://bit.ly/2E3lnyC

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WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG) - Walton County is under a local state of emergency due to potential impacts from Hurricane Sally.

Heavy rain, flash floods and strong wind gusts are some of the expected impacts from the storm.

“We’re looking heavily at our roads to make sure our roads don’t flood, and our bridges,” Walton County Commissioner Danny Glidewell said.

Classes were canceled for Walton County students Monday. School is also canceled for Tuesday, September 15.

"“The superintendent made the decision based on information we gave him, " Walton County Emergency Management Director Jeff Goldberg said, "it was not safe to be out on the routes because of the tropical storm force gusts, so they made the decision to close schools.”

Emergency management officials are encouraging people to make sure they have their hurricane preparedness kits ready, but they say don’t panic.

“We have a tendency that if something blips off the coast of Africa, people kind of get a little upset about that," Goldberg said. "Until we start looking at storm warnings and watches, stay calm, listen to the weather folks, listen to the national hurricane center.”

Sandbags are available in four locations across Walton County for residents worried about flooding:

-- Blue Mountain Beach -- the District 5 Road Department on County Road 83

-- Miramar Beach -- the TDC vacant lot located on Driftwood Road, just north of Scenic Gulf Drive

-- Santa Rosa Beach -- on Bay Drive (CR 83) just north of Highway 98 on the east side of the road

-- Freeport -- behind city hall near the swimming pool

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