Gadsden County under flood watch

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By Angye Morrison


County Road 12 from Leon County into Havana is now flooded at Fairbanks Ferry, where the Ochlockonee River has blocked entry. The guardrail has submerged as the river's waters surged over the two-lane road.

Flooding from the river near Bloxham has also become a concern, and the flood warning issued earlier has been extended until Monday morning.

According to Maj. Shawn Wood, Gadsden County Emergency Management, the county's Roads and Bridges Department has been preparing sand bags today, and those are now available to the public. Wood said that although flood problems in the county appear currently to be minimal, that may not be the case if there is additional significant rainfall.

"We do feel that if we get the rain in the third wave of this storm, we could have problems," he said.


The National Weather Service has reported that the Gadsden County area has received more than 3 inches of rain over the past 12 hours, and as much as 6 inches more is possible.

The Ochlockonee River in Gadsden County is at 23 feet currently. Its flood stage is 10 feet. A flood warning near Concord on the Ochlockonee, has been issued.

A flash flood watch has been extended through Thursday evening for Gadsden County, as well as Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Franklin, Liberty, Calhoun, Bay, Gulf, Walton, Holmes, Jackson and Washington counties.