The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management advises residents who live in low-lying areas to continue to monitor the rising waters that resulted from rain events from Friday, Feb. 22 through Tuesday, Feb. 26.
The National Weather Service estimated approximately 10 inches of rain over the entire event. The rain Monday night left an impact. Emergency Management Director Scott Nelson travelled the county Tuesday morning and could see a major difference over Monday night.
The creeks are now running hard enough to foam and water can be seen all over the county. The Ochlockonee River rose just over one foot overnight in Smith Creek. The flood predictions for Smith Creek residents leave the water level very close to flooding some low-lying homes.
The Sopchoppy River is not predicted to reach flood stage. The Upper St. Marks River is expected to reach minor flood stage (no homes impacted) with minor flooding on Old Plank Road.
The WCSO has received more than 30 down power line or down tree calls since early morning Tuesday, Feb. 26. Gusty winds were reported and small debris was observed on many roads throughout the county.
Two road closures have been required at Easy Street South in Smith Creek and the 600 block of Whiddon Lake Road near Black Creek are closed due to water over the road.
WCSO will continue to monitor the flooding impacts. So far no damage to structures has occurred. The message to citizens is that those prone to flooding in low-lying areas and near rivers should monitor conditions and be prepared to take steps as necessary to protect property. Residents are asked to avoid driving through flooded roads (“turn around, don’t drown”) and to avoid downed power lines. The full impact of the potential flooding will not arrive in Wakulla County until later in the week.