Franklin County Emergency Management Release
The Franklin County Board of County Commissioners’ at this time is issuing a VOLUNTARY EVACUATION NOTICE for: Residents living along the Apalachicola River and campsites starting at the Hickory Landing on Owl Creek and continuing South along Hwy 65.
Please be aware this status could change very quickly to mandatory as the water starts coming down from the North.
The National Weather Service at this time is anticipating that the river level at Blountstown to reach 25 feet by Thursday and this does not include the water that will be coming from the Chipola River.
The residents living along the Apalachicola River around the city of Apalachicola are not under this notice at this time. Please monitor the river levels and start preparing now for possible flooding in this area later in the week.
Sand bags are available at the County State Yard off of Bluff Road in Apalachicola. Please only take what you need.
This is a precautionary notice, and is NOT mandatory. However, the evacuation is strongly advised.
SAFETY MESSAGE...ALL PERSONS WITH INTEREST ALONG THE RIVER SHOULD MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS...AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. DO NOT DRIVE CARS THROUGH FLOODED AREAS. IF YOU SEE FLOOD WATERS...REMEMBER TO TURN AROUND AND DO NOT DROWN.