Taylor County officials declare local state of emergency after Steinhatchee flooding

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By: Jacob Murphey | WCTV Eyewitness News
August 17, 2019

Taylor County Division of Emergency Management

STEINHATCHEE, Fla. (WCTV) - As heavy rain continued to pound portions of Taylor County Saturday evening, officials there decided to declare a local state of emergency.

At 4:30 p.m. Monday, Taylor County Sheriff's Office public information officer Jimmy Cash said water has receded slightly in some areas, but there's still substantial flooding. He said damage assessment won't be done until Tuesday or Wednesday.

Cash said people can report damage to 850-838-3575.

The Taylor County Board of Commissioners signed a resolution Sunday declaring the emergency as officials received a better idea of just how much rain might fall in the hours to come.

In addition, Sheriff Wayne Padgett enacted a curfew for the Steinhatchee area. Residents should stay off the streets from 10 p.m. Saturday night until dawn. The curfew is still in effect, Cash said.

Liberty and Madison counties have sent deputies to help enforce the curfew, Cash said.

Authorities also recommend residents move vehicles, trailers, and other property to a higher elevation.

The Taylor County Director of Emergency Management, Kristy Anderson, spoke with WCTV about the situation.

She said roads are "going under" and waters continued to rise as Saturday afternoon turned into evening.

"We declared the emergency for the safety of our citizens," she said.