Flooding a concern in coming days

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 10:29 AM.

All that rain had to go somewhere.

According to Gulf County Emergency Management director Marshall Nelson a lot of that water is heading into the Apalachicola and Chipola river basins in Gulf County.

At the recommendation of Nelson the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday declared a local state of emergency in anticipation of flooding in the north end of the county as soon as the weekend.

There is already an issue on the north end with roads due to weeks and months of heavy rains.

The timing of upcoming flooding, Nelson said, is unclear, but he asked commissioners to pass the emergency declaration in order to begin preparations.

“Primarily, that will be moving county assets and getting them in place,” Nelson said. “We know that it is coming. We have had a lot of rain in the river basin.”

As of Tuesday, the water at the Woodruff Dam in Blountstown was at 22 feet, meaning that level of water will arrive in the county by the weekend.

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