Washington County declares state of emergency

Published: Friday, April 18, 2014 at 05:34 PM.

Washington County declared a local state of emergency early today, Friday, April 18,in anticipation of heavy weekend rainfall adding to the already rising water levels.

Washington County Public Safety Director Lynne Abel says the measure is a precaution due to the long weekend.

“We want to be sure we have everything in place in case we have a major flooding event,” said Abel. “One main concern is the easing water at the Choctawhatchee River. We could have a major flood stage at Ebro by Sunday if current projections hold out.”

The National Weather Service had a flood watch in place for all of Northwest Florida in effect until early tomorrow morning, but that watch is expected to be renewed later in the  afternoon. The NWS reports the heaviest rains will end tonight, but the rivers will continue to rise over the next several days. The main concern is for rising rivers that are already near or at flood stage, such as the Choctawhatchee near Caryville.

For full story and more, read the April 19 edition of The Washington County News.

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