Amid rising waters BOCC declares state of emergency

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

Folks should remove loose debris or yard items that might be washed away to a safer place and sandbag their homes, Nelson added.

Sandbags were available Tuesday morning at the Howard Creek Volunteer Fire Department, the Dalkeith Volunteer Fire Department and Wewahitchka Public Works on Seventh Street in Wewahitchka.

Nelson emphasized that sandbags alone would not be enough. He urged residents to also secure visqueen to provide a foundation upon which to place sandbags, with the visqueen used as a layering device.

“Use the visqueen and thread it among the sandbags,” Nelson said.

The Emergency Operations Center has been activated to a Level 2, meaning it will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET each day.

For any questions call 229-9110 or 229-9111 or visit the county’s website and link to “Emergency Management.”

Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison said he and Nelson are already coordinating and two roads, including County Road 12, were near closure with rising water.

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