Rain wreaks havoc with roads, closes schools

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

Superintendent Joe Taylor said another rain system is expected to move through the area tonight and the schools are being closed due to the possible hazards of running the buses in the morning.

"We can't predict what tomorrow will be like," Taylor said, "but we don't want to send the buses out on the back roads." Taylor said the buses are built for safety, but they can damage the roadways if the ground is too wet. "They'll tear a road up like nobody's business."

As of Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service in Tallahassee was reporting that Flash flooding and rising river levels remain concerns. There was a brief lull in rainfall/thunderstorms between the earlier storms of Monday and the next round Monday, but an additional 2-3 inches of general rainfall was expected through Tuesday morning. Flash flood watches remain in affect and a severe thunderstorm threat remains elevated.

Timing of overnight squall line will mostly be from around midnight in the far western counties to 8-9 a.m. in the east, the National Weather Service reports.

Local Red Cross leadership, in coordination with Emergency Managers in Gulf, Holmes and Washington Counties, announced today the following information regarding shelter openings.

Residents who decide to take advantage of the Red Cross shelter should bring the with them identification; important medications; diapers, infant formula, baby foods if needed;

Bedding, pillows, blankets, etc.; puzzles, books, small games for children; and any special foods for restricted diets.

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