Below we’ve posted links to maps of Walton County, as well as road closures. The road closures map will be updated twice daily. If you see a road underwater that is not listed, please do not drive through it. Call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850-892-8111 to report it.
Walton County Maps:
For Immediate Release
February 26, 2013
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with the Walton County Board of County Commissioners, has issued a local state of emergency for Walton County as of Tuesday, February 26, 2013. This issuance of a local state of emergency is in response to local areas of flooding in the southeastern part of the county in and around the Choctawhatchee River. The current flood waters are expected to crest by Friday, March 1st at 20.5 feet.
As part of the issuance of this local state of emergency, the following actions are being taken by the Sheriff’s Office in order to protect the safety of the citizens and visitors of Walton County:
- The Sheriff’s Office has issued a voluntary evacuation of all affected and surrounding areas. The order will be in effect beginning at 3 p.m. today for all low-lying areas south of County Road 181-C to the mouth of Choctawhatchee Bay, including the Bunker and Steel field Areas.
- A shelter will be open at 3:00 PM on February 26, 2013 for evacuees at the Bruce United Methodist Church located at 269 Church Road in Bruce, FL.
Those who decide to take advantage of the shelter should bring the following items with them as needed:
2. Important medications
3. Special medical devices such wheelchairs, walkers, oxygen, etc.
4. Diapers, infant formula, baby foods if needed
5. Bedding, pillows, blankets, etc.
6. Puzzles, books, small games for children
7. Food and water for 72 hours.
- The Sheriff’s Office will be working with the utility providers in the area in the case that services may be delayed.
At this time, it is anticipated that flood waters in the southeastern part of the County in the area of the Choctawhatchee River may reach levels equivalent to those in 2009. The public is reminded to be vigilant and cautious when dealing with local flood warnings.
Updates or further information will be provided to the public through the Walton County Sheriff’s Office website, Facebook account, Walton Alert (Facebook account), Twitter and other local media outlets. All questions can be answered by calling the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850-892-8186
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) recently sent three (3) of its sworn members to the Southern Police Institute (SPI) Command Officer Development Course (CODC) in Daytona Beach, FL. The members, Lt. Jimmy Fannin, Lt. Dewey Adams, and Sgt. Scott Hogeboom, graduated from the course on Friday, February 15, 2013.
The courses are sponsored through the University of Louisville but are typically held at other campuses, in conjunction with U of L. According to the college description: “This is the flagship continuing education course for law enforcement managers. It will provide the foundation for practical law enforcement administration and complement the Administrative Officers Course (AOC) held twice each year. This training provides a comprehensive overview of management practices. The Command Officers Development Course is offered in five (5) two-week segments over a five-month period.”
The four hundred (400) hour training course covers such topics as enhancing communications within an agency, an understanding of internal affairs along with the need to establish high ethical standards for police personnel, as well as developing alternative solutions to specific problems. Students must also prepare a formal staff study about their agency.
“As a graduate of one of Southern Police Institute’s advanced leadership courses, I know how much work goes into successfully completing a command level program like this,” stated Major Joe Preston, Director of Emergency Management and Support Services. “We are extremely proud of each of our officers and their excellent work. Sheriff Adkinson’s commitment to developing the leadership skills of our staff and changing the culture of our agency is demonstrated each time an officer participates in a command school of this caliber.”
The following are road conditions in Walton County as of this morning. Deputies and road crews will be out today assessing conditions. An update will be given later in the day.
February 23, 2013
Clear Springs Road closed past Adams Rd.
- · Pen Williams from Punch Bowl Road to Kelly Rd—under water
- · Water over the north end of Punch Bowl Road
- · Natural Bridge Road under water
- · Co Hwy 181 in the area of Natural Bridge possible hazard due to water in road
- · 181 West @ 8 mile and Natural Bridge
- · Woods Road closed
- · Goddin Bridge on Hinote Road…Shoal River is 3-4 ft below bridge
- · Flood Warning for Choctawhatchee River near Bruce