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Santa Rosa County Weather event 5:30pm

SANTA ROSA COUNTY  --  *    According to the National Weather Service in Mobile, Santa Rosa County received an estimated 26 inches of rain in the last 30 hours.

*    Do not remove road barricades on closed roads or bridges.  Even after the water has receded, public works crews must complete safety inspections.

Please call 9-1-1 for emergencies only. The Citizen Information Line is open for your questions at (850) 983-INFO or 4636.

Rivers
*    No rivers are currently forecast to reach flood stage.

Damage Assessments
*    Damage estimates for the county are not yet available. We are continuing to collect data, we have received more than 60 citizen reported flooding of homes. This does not include damage assessments by our partner agencies such as area fire departments. County staff are continuing to assess damages and make repairs as possible.

*    Joint damage assessment teams will begin official damage assessments Thursday, May 1.

*    Residents with flood damage can report damage online including submitting photos at or by calling (850) 983-5360.

*    If you have already begun repairs, be sure to take photos of the damage and keep all receipts for any repairs you make. Make sure the date is clearly visible on all receipts.

Schools

*    The Santa Rosa County School District has canceled school for Thursday, May 1 due to flooding at schools and unsafe road conditions. A decision regarding school on Friday will be made in the afternoon on Thursday.

*    All Pensacola State College campuses and centers will resume normal operational hours Thursday, May 1.   The final exam schedule on Thursday and Friday will remain as originally scheduled. All final exams scheduled for Wednesday, April 30, have been rescheduled for Monday, May 5. Check the Pensacola State College Website Alert for any updates.


Office Closures

*    County Offices will be open as usual Thursday, May 1. However, The South-End Service Center, 5841 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, will be closed Thursday, May 1 due to the parking lot being impassable.

*    The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County Midway facility, located at 5840 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, will be closed temporarily due to flooding caused by heavy rains.  It is not known when the building will re-open.  County staff must assess the damage at the site before cleanup and repairs can begin. 

*    Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa County and Circuit Courts are closed Wednesday.  Please contact your attorney or your Clerk of Court on Thursday after 8:00 am to reschedule your court event. 

*    Courts in Santa Rosa County - Judge Goodman's trial will resume at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 1.  Jurors should plan to report at 9 a.m. Individuals who have hearings not included in the aforementioned may contact their attorney or the Clerk of Court for rescheduling information.

*    Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Baptist Hospital Outpatient Surgery and Gulf Breeze Hospital Outpatient Surgery are all closed today. Inpatient care is fully operational at all Baptist Health Care (BHC) Hospitals. Emergency departments are open at all four facilities. Baptist Medical Park Urgent Care at Navarre and Nine Mile locations and Baptist Hospital Radiation Therapy are open. Please contact your Baptist Medical Group physician's office directly to learn if the practice is opened or closed today. All BHC facilities, services and practices are expected to be fully operational tomorrow, May 1.

*    NAS Whiting Field will resume operations May 1

*    Allied Waste / Republic Services will not be running today. All customers will be serviced one day later than scheduled. In the City of Breeze, yard waste will be collected on Saturday and we will run as scheduled Thursday and Friday.

Shelter Openings
*    Shelters will remain open overnight.

.    Milton Community Center, 5629 Byrom Street in Milton. Shelter population: 5

.    Community Life Center, 4115 Soundside Drive, Gulf Breeze. Shelter population: 30

*    Those needing transportation to the shelter can call (850) 983-INFO or 4626.


Closed Roads & Bridges
The following major roads are open with hazards:

*    U.S. Hwy.  90 from Chumuckla Hwy to East Milton

*    Road block at Avalon Blvd.

*    U.S. 90 from Woodbine to Glover Lane is closed
Road and bridge closures:

*    Indian Ford Road

*    Sherwood Dive at Codell Street

*    Bryant Bridge Road

*    Red Rock Road

*    S.R. 281 (Avalon Boulevard) just south of U.S. Hwy.  90

*    U.S. Hwy. 98 intermittently. Closed intersections include:

*    Ortega Street in Navarre

*    Panhandle Trail in Navarre

*    SR-87 in Navarre

*    The west end of East Bay Boulevard near Cedar Street in Navarre. The detour for those east of Cedar is Bergren Road.

*    Deaton Bridge on Deaton Bridge Road

*    Thousand Oaks in Pace

*    Fronterra Street

*    Broad Street, between Berry Hill Road and Madison Street in Milton.  The detour is Conecuh Street.

*    Venetian Way in the Gulf Breeze area is close at 2640 between Gondolier Blvd and Coronado Dr.

*    Da Lisa Road is closed from Woodville Road to Audiss Road

*    Richardson Street in Milton

*    Holley Club Road in Navarre

*    Sherwood Dive at Codell Street in Holley By The Sea is closed due to damage.  The detour will be around the block.
Significant road flooding is being reported in the areas of:

*    Woodbine Road and U.S. Hwy. 90

*    Avalon Blvd. north of Commerce Road and U.S. Hwy. 90

*    County-wide road flooding on smaller streets continues, and in some areas will take some time to recede. Standing water creates a serious road hazard including road damage that may not be visible. Additionally, the wake from passing cars can cause the homes on the street greater flooding. Please use care/find alternative routes to flooded road ways. 

*    Multiple stranded vehicles have been reported on these road ways with no injuries.  Please avoid these areas and/or stay off the roads if possible. According to the National Weather Service, more deaths occur due to flooding each year than from any other thunderstorm or hurricane related hazard. Many of these casualties are a result of careless or unsuspecting motorists who attempt to navigate flooded roads. When coming to a flooded roadway to "Turn around... don't drown!"
9-1-1 Storm Related Calls

*    625 calls to date for storm response

.    Fire Alarm (storm related) -18

.    Traffic Accident - 11, six were sinking vehicles

.    Electrical Incident - 6

.    Public Assist - 61

.    Storm related structure fire - 7, four of which were working fires

Santa Rosa County Actions
*    Sand bags are being given out from the county road & bridge department located at 6075 Old Bagdad Hwy in Milton.

*    The Florida National Guard is sending four high wheeled vehicles to help assist with rescues in flooded areas.

*    Dangerous road conditions can be reported to the Santa Rosa County Road and Bridge Department at (850) 626-0191.

*    County staff will begin to assess damages and make repairs as soon as it is light and safe to do so.

*    The declaration of local state of emergency was signed at 10 p.m., April 29. A declaration will allow the county to implement protective actions if needed.

*    The Santa Rosa County Emergency Operations Center is currently at a level 2 activation, or partial activation with essential personnel.

Septic Tanks

*    A precautionary boil water notice has been issued by the Midway Water System for the 5800 block of East Bay Boulevard due to a drop in pressure caused by a break in a water main. A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient. Tap water can also be disinfected by adding 8 drops of unscented household bleach to each gallon of water, then mixing the water and allowing it to stand for a minimum of 30 minutes.

*    Water drainage and sewer pumping systems have been overwhelmed.  Whether you are on septic tank or sewer system, please avoid flushing toilets until the situation improves.

*    If your septic tank has been flooded, it is likely that your toilets will not flush. Flushing may cause the untreated sewage to back-up into your home.

*    It is safest to wait until the water recedes before trying to flush toilets.

*    Depending on the amount of flooding or damage to your system, you may need to have a professional repair or servicing once the water recedes and the ground is less saturated.

General Safety Information 

*    The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County has issued a water quality advisory for Carpenter's Park on Munson Highway in Milton.  Residents are advised to avoid water related activities at the park due to possible bacteriological contamination from waste water caused by overflow from a manhole at Broad Street and two manholes at North River Walk Road.  Waste water from both locations entered the Black Water River.  Clean up actions have been taken. "No Swimming" signs will be posted and water quality sampling will be conducted. The advisory will remain in effect until results of water samples indicate that it is safe to resume water related activities in the area.

*    Do not allow children to play in floodwater areas and do not allow children to play with floodwater-contaminated toys that have not been disinfected. Disinfect toys using a solution of one cup of bleach in five gallons of water.

*    www.santarosa.fl.gov or follow us on Twitter at @SRCBOCC

*    Please monitor your home weather radio and local media outlets for the most up-to-date information.

*    Your best defense in any disaster is a NOAA Weather radio.

*    Citizens can signup to automatically receive breaking news alerts from Santa Rosa County Emergency Management via e-mail or as a text message on their cell phone at:  www.santarosa.fl.gov/emergency/publicwarning.html .