Flood damage minimal; mosquitos become health risk

Wes Locher

Lake Grove Road suffered a wash out last week due to flash flooding.

Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 02:21 PM.

Emergency Management Director, Marshall Nelson, announced to the Gulf County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that the Emergency Operations Center had lowered its response level to three, and indicated they’d be monitoring individual flooding situations while they assessed damage in affected areas.

While more than 150 residents were inconvenienced by the rising water around their homes, however, at the time of the meeting it was reported that fewer than 10 homes in Gulf County had experienced water damage, though preliminary assessments would continue throughout the week.

The bigger concern was damage from flash flooding on local roads.

Mark Cothran, Director of Gulf County Mosquito Control said that the new problem were the mosquitos that currently infested the flood waters in the area.

“There are thousands of mosquitos in the water,” said Cothran as he showed video footage of the infestation from Lake Grove Road in Wewahitchka. “This is a public health risk.”

Cothran asked that locals do their part to slow down the bugs and follow the Five D’s of Mosquito Control—Drain all standing water, avoid dawn and dusk, dress in long sleeves and pants and defend yourself by using appropriate bug spray.

Commissioners Carmen McLemore, Joanna Bryan and Tan Smiley, who oversaw the meeting, put into motion a local state of emergency for the county until the mosquito population had diminished.

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