Amid rising waters BOCC declares state of emergency

Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 11:38 AM.

Already saturated ground was soaked over the weekend and as a result the Gulf County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday declared a local state of emergency.

The city of Wewahitchka has received more than 11 inches of rain since last Friday and the Apalachicola and Chipola Rivers are swollen and rising; projected to continue to rise through Sunday, said county emergency management director Marshall Nelson.

“We have received a lot of rain, we were saturated already and that has set up flood conditions,” Nelson said.

As of Tuesday morning, the Apalachicola was above flood stage at 21.36 feet and was projected to rise to just less than 25 feet by Sunday morning, Nelson said.

“The rain actually set up a little better for us,” Nelson said. “The forecast was for a lot of it to be well north of us, but the rain is much closer and we will be able to handle it better.”

The Chipola River, which Nelson noted is effectively a local river, was at 22 feet on Tuesday and expected to rise 28.2 feet by today before slowly receding.

Major flooding occurs at 30 feet.

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