Holmes County’s State of Emergency extended

HC BOCC 7-9-13

Director of Emergency Management Wanda Stafford gives an update to the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners of the recent catastrophic rains that have put Holmes County in a State of Emergency.

Cecilia Spears
Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM.

BONIFAY — Holmes County Board of County Commissioners approved extending Holmes County’s State of Emergency by seven days after a brief update and recommendation was given by Director of Emergency Management Wanda Stafford at their July 9 meeting.

“What saved us from some heavy flooding was that there was not that much rain in the northern part of the county,” said Stafford. “Along with us, Bay, Walton and Washington Counties were hit pretty hard.”

Stafford explained that in order for Florida to declare a State of Emergency there has to be a total of $26 million in damage to Florida.

“I don’t think it’s going to be that hard to reach that amount,” said Stafford. “For Holmes County the damage assessment is $680,000 and rising because all of our assessments aren’t done yet; there was $15 million dollars worth of damage in Washington County and if you add the damage done in Vernon alone the damage is up to $19 million. I think the addition of the damage done in Bay County will more than put us over the required $26 million, though we still have to have the president sign a Federal State of Emergency for Florida before we can get financial help.”

She said they are still assessing damages in Holmes County, adding that it was safe to assume, like Washington County, all dirt roads were affected.

“All of our roads are needing grading, shaping and ditches cleared,” said Stafford. “All in all it went well. The men came out and worked through the holiday.”

Board approved of Stafford’s request to use the county engineers to accompany Federal Emergency Management Agency agents if the government approves of funding.

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