Schools close Wednesday, freeze line divides county

Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:01 PM.

Nelson said that with wind, rain and ice, area bridges also presented a hazard to commuters. He said that White City’s bridge would be under the care of the state, but Overstreet Bridge was under the county’s watch.

“It doesn’t take much ice to start skidding,” said Nelson.

Port St. Joe’s emergency notification system doesn’t cover Wewahitchka, and Nelson urged both sides of the county to stay in constant communication throughout Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

Nelson also encouraged area physicians to see as many patients as possible on Tuesday in order to keep them off of the road.

“When dealing with public health, we have to err on the side of safety,” said Department of Health Administrator for Gulf and Franklin Counties Marsha Lindeman.

Health facilities were expected to be closed on Thursday morning.

Gulf County Schools Assistant Superintendent for Business, Duane McFarland, said he worried that if the schools shut down on Thursday, they’d have to make up the day at the end of the year.

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