Amid rising waters BOCC declares state of emergency

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

“The rivers are full and all we are going to see is rising water,” Nelson said. “For the Chipola, 28 feet is a tremendous amount of water and it is all coming to us.”

Nelson likened the potential for flooding to 2005, the last major flood event in the county during which the north end, from White City north, experienced moderate to severe flooding.

Nelson warned this event could be slightly worse.

Nelson said the county would likely call for evacuations from low-lying areas along the rivers later in the week and urged residents along the rivers to prepare.

The major problem won’t be as much water coming in homes as it will be people being cut off by closed roads as the water rises, Nelson said.

Not only will people be unable to leave their homes, emergency and county crews will not have safe access.

“People should go out, get food, get water, get your prescriptions filled,” Nelson said. “You are going to need to take care of yourself.”

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