State of Emergency extended in Bay County

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The state of emergency in Bay County will continue after approval Tuesday morning from Bay County commissioners.

On October 8, the board declared a local state of emergency due to Hurricane Michael.

Commissioner Bill Dozier says the extension allows for certain rules to kick in during a disaster time and continues the flow of federal emergency money to the county. "As long as the state has it in place we're going to continue to do that. But it's to our advantage to extend it out so we can seek reimbursement from FEMA," says Dozier.

He added that the county will continue to extend the state of emergency on a month-by-month basis.