GULF COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - 10/09/2018 10:22 p.m: Per the Gulf County Sheriff's Office, Cape San Blas Road/State Road 30-E is now closed to ALL traffic until further notice.
County officials have issued MANDATORY EVACUATIONS for the following areas:
--ALL of Cape San Blas
--ALL of the Indians Pass area
--Simmons Bayou, Highland View
--In the city of Port St. Joe, ALL areas from St. Joseph Bay to Long Avenue
--St. Joe Beach and Beacon Hill -- waterside of Highway 98
--ALL mobile homes
COUNTYWIDE: Those with high profile vehicles, living in mobile homes, low lying areas or anyone who feels unsafe in their current location must evacuate.
VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS have been issued for the following areas:
--Highway 98 Inland on St. Joe Beach and Beacon Hill
--Gulf County residents will NOT be required to obtain Re-Entry tags. At the checkpoints, you will need to provide your Florida State ID/Driver's License OR documentation showing proof of residency/ownership, such as a utility bill.
--Honeyville Community Center
240 Honeyville Park Dr.
Wewahitchka, FL. 32465
The shelter will open at 10 a.m., Tuesday, October 9th.
Residents are urged to bring with them: food; water; blankets; over the counter medications; prescription medications, comfort items for your children.
Sandbags will be available for residents to fill beginning Monday, October 8th, at 9 a.m., at Knowles and 10th Street.
Sand is available at Indian Pass Raw Bar.
--All Gulf District Schools will be closed for the remainder of this week and will re-open after Fall Break, on Wednesday, October 17. Again, this closure is for all Gulf District Schools and includes North Florida Child Development facilities in Gulf County.
--All extra-curricular activities and after-school programs for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday have been canceled countywide.
--The Gulf/Franklin Campus in Port St. Joe will close for evening classes Monday, October 8th at 5 p.m. EST. The college will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday too.
--County offices will close at Noon (Eastern), Tuesday, October 9th.
--Gulf County Courts will close at Noon (Eastern) on Tuesday, October 9th and all day Wednesday, October 10th. The Gulf County Courts will reopen on Thursday, October 11th, unless further notice is given.
--The offices of Sacred Heart Medical Group and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation in Port St. Joe, Wewahitchka, and Apalachicola will close at noon Tuesday and be closed Wednesday.
--All Life Management Center offices will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. In mental health emergencies, please call Life Management Center at 850-522-4485 or toll-free at 888-785-8750. Or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
People with interests along the Apalachicola River or the Chipola River should closely monitor water levels for potential flooding.