GULF COUNTY, Fla. - Gulf County has declared a state of emergency on Aug. 31, 2016 as Tropical Depression 9 makes it way towards Florida.
Their 12:30 p.m. news release is below:
Their 10:30 a.m. news release is below:
At 10:30 AM EDT Gulf County Board of County Commissioners declared a local state of emergency, due to Tropical Depression 9.
• The St. Joseph Peninsula State Park has begun evacuation, but remains open for daytime visitors.
• No other evacuation orders have been issued at this time. However, residents should continue to monitor and take protective measures in low lying and coastal areas as needed.
• Government offices and schools remain open at this time. Information will be updated as it becomes available.
• Sandbags are available, for information call 850-227-1401.
• For additional information contact Gulf County Emergency Operations Center at 850-229-9110 or the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office at 850-227-1115. Updates are also available on the EOC websites below.
Due to the tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico and expected bad weather and flooding, the Gulf County Courthouse will be closed beginning at 12:00 Noon EDT on Thursday, September 1, 2016.
Bay County has not declared a state of emergency but has sent out information for residents:
The Bay County Emergency Operations Center continues to monitor the development of Tropical Depression 9, as Bay County remains under a Tropical Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service.
“We don’t plan an activation of the EOC right now, but we will continue to monitor the situation,” Emergency Services Chief Mark Bowen said. “We will make those decisions based on the track and the intensity of the forecast.”
Bowen said the most recent information indicates that wind from the storm may be the biggest threat to Bay County, with forecasts calling for tropical storm-force winds.
“According to the forecast, we’re not looking at much in the way of a rain or storm surge event, but it is looking as though it’s going to be a wind event,” Bowen said, adding that a decision on whether to open shelters will be made as more information about the track and intensity of the storm develops.
Other preparations include:
• Sand is available to the public for bagging at Pete Edwards Field off Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach and at the northeast side of Deer Point Dam Bridge. Bags will not be provided but are available for purchase at area hardware stores.
• Bay County Public Works crews have been clearing stormwater drains throughout the county in anticipation of a potential rain event.
• Public Works is monitoring water levels at Lake Powell.
• Bay County Utilities is lowering Deer Point Reservoir to four feet, down from its normal depth of five feet.
• Please follow us on Facebook @BayCountyFLEmergencyServices and on Twitter at @BayCountyEM for the most current information.
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