Rain wreaks havoc with roads, closes schools

Published: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 05:31 PM.

CHIPLEY — A weekend’s worth of rain shutdown schools and closed roads and bridges in Washington and Holmes Counties early this week.

Red Cross in coordination with Washington County Emergency Management will be opening a shelter for those seeking refuge from rising waters. The shelter located at Ebro City Hall, 6620 Dog Track Road will open at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

By Monday afternoon, nearly 30 roads were either closed or deemed barely passable by Washington County officials, and Washington County School District had announced no school for Tuesday.

Holmes County School District sent children home early Monday and cancelled class for Tuesday. Both districts hoped to be back to normal by Wednesday.

Monday morning the Washington County Board of County Commissioners declared a local state of emergency following the torrential rains.

“More heavy rainfall is expected through Tuesday morning and the flash flooding potential will be significant in our area, especially Monday afternoon,” the commissioners’ proclamation stated. “Additional rainfall amounts of 4 to 6 inches are possible with isolated maximum amounts in excess of 8 inches.”

According to the proclamation, roadways were impacted causing dangerous driving conditions and potentially significant flooding on the Choctawhatchee River was forecast, with some locations reaching major flood stage in the days ahead.

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