Washington County Top Stories of 2013

Published: Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 01:51 PM.

Homes and barns were flooded, and the city’s wastewater plant was also flooded. The town hall did not go unscathed, with leaks reported in several rooms including the council chambers and City Clerk Dian Hendrix’s office.

“There was water in here and in these rooms,” Hendrix told the council. “I can’t work at my desk right now because of all the water.”

The old high school gymnasium floor also got wet, and may be trying to warp, while another room and hallway at the old school had standing water in them.

Mayor Michelle Cook attended the county meetings, and officials are trying to tally up the damage costs to see if the county and Vernon will qualify for any federal aid.

Cook said 75 roads in the county were compromised by the rain, and 44 roads were deemed impassable.

In August, more rain just made the situation worse. Chipley received between 5 and 15 inches of rain over the weekend of Aug. 16, according to local weather reports, and Vernon once again was inundated, as was the Blue Pond Community Center in Chipley.

Blue Lake overflowed its banks and covered Highway 77 as well, closing the highway to traffic on Aug. 18.

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