The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flash flood watch until Wednesday morning. Forecasters say the area could receive 2 to 4 inches of rain, but amounts could easily double in the case of storms repeatedly moving over the same areas.
According to a press release from Santa Rosa County, emergency management and public works crews are monitoring the situation and are ready to respond as needed. This is the same system that produced severe weather in Arkansas where a tornado killed at least 14 people Saturday evening near Little Rock.
The county advises that sand and sand bags are available at local home improvement stores for purchase. However, Santa Rosa County is making limited supplies available at no cost at several locations. Residents should bring shovels and be prepared to fill and load their own bags. County and fire department staff are not available to make home deliveries. If firefighters are on calls, they will not be available to distribute sand bags.
Sand is available at the following locations while supplies last:
- Tiger Point Park-1370 Tiger Park Lane, Gulf Breeze
- The intersection of Citrus Drive and Leisure Street in Holley By The Sea
Empty Sandbags (25-bag limit per vehicle) while supplies last:
- From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Midway Fire District Station at 1322 College Pkwy.
- Holley-Navarre Fire District at 8618 East Esplanade St.
During periods of severe weather, more deaths occur due to flooding each year than from any other thunderstorm or hurricane related hazard. Many of the casualties are a result of careless or unsuspecting motorists who attempt to navigate through flooded roadways. The NWS warns anyone who comes to a flooded roadway to “Turn around…don’t drown!”