Voluntary evacation for Walton, school, office closures for Wednesday

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — Bay District, Walton, Jackson and Holmes school officials have announced schools will be closed Wednesday. Also, a shelter has opened in Walton County.

BAY COUNTY

Bay District Schools are closed Thursday.

“All Bay District Schools are closed tomorrow (Thursday) for students and 10-month employees (teachers, most paraprofessionals, etc.).  All 12-month employees (confidential, administrative, etc.) and all maintenance employees will report to work tomorrow (Thursday) to assess and fix any damage and ensure campuses are ready for the return of students,” officials wrote in a news release. “Our transportation supervisors will be assessing the roads and routes to ensure buses can travel safely on Friday. At this time, we anticipate returning to normal operations on Friday but will make a final determination about that tomorrow by noon.”

Gulf Coast State College will be closed Wednesday.

There will be no college services or activities at any of our campuses (Panama City/Main Campus, North Bay Campus, Gulf/Franklin Campus and Tyndall Education Center), officials wrote in a news release.  

All courthouses in the 14th Judicial Circuit are closed Wednesday.

On-site COVID-19 testing will be closed Wednesday, slated to resume Thursday.

JACKSON COUNTY

Jackson County schools are closed Wednesday All afterschool activities are cancelled as well.

The Board of County Commissioners offices will also be closed Wednesday.

HOLMES COUNTY

Holmes County Schools were open Tuesday but will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday.

“Due to the change in the track and speed of Hurricane Sally, Holmes County Schools will be CLOSED on Wednesday and Thursday, September 16 & 17,” officials wrote in a news release. “School will dismiss at normal time today, but all after-school activities have been cancelled. Buses will run on paved roads only this afternoon.” 

WALTON COUNTY

Walton County’s EOC is activated to Level 1 and they have issued a voluntary evacuation notice for zone A and low lying areas. Find out more here.

Walton County Governmental Offices, scheduled public meetings and transit operations will be closed on Wednesday, September 16th.

Walton County will issue a voluntary evacuation order for Zone A and low lying areas along the Shoal River, Choctawhatchee River and all tributaries within Walton County beginning at 5:00pm

Walton County will be opening a shelter this afternoon at Freeport High School beginning at 5:00pm.  Freeport High School is located at 12615 US Hwy 331 Business in Freeport.  Anyone who plans to go to the shelter should bring their disaster supply kits with them and be prepared to be self-sufficient.

Walton County schools will be closed on Wednesday, September 16.

Walton County will be activating the Citizen Information Center beginning at 1:00pm at 850-892-8392.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for all of Walton County.  In addition, based on the current track of Hurricane Sally, life threatening flash flooding and moderate to major river flooding is possible with this storm.  At this time, 15” to 20” of rainfall is expected for our area through Thursday.

Possibility of isolated tornadoes exists in Walton County through Wednesday.  Currently, potential storm surge for Hurricane Sally in Walton County expected to be between 2′ to 3′.

As the storm continues to evolve, changes in potential track of Hurricane Sally is possible.

The Walton County BCC will reconvene their meeting tomorrow afternoon, September 16 at 1:30pm at the Walton County Emergency Operations Center located at 75 South Davis Lane in DeFuniak Springs.  At that time, the BCC will decide if any additional actions will be taken.

To find your evacuation zone, please visit: https://bit.ly/2E3lnyC

Walton County has 4 sandbag locations with bags and sand available. Please take a shovel just in case.

SW Locations

  • Blue Mountain Beach At the District 5 Road Department on County Road 83
  • Miramar Beach at the TDC vacant lot property located on Driftwood Road just north of Scenic Gulf Dr.
  • Santa Rosa Beach on Bay Drive (CR 83N) just north of Hwy 98 on east side of road

Freeport

  • Just West of City Hall going towards the Swimming Pool

WASHINGTON COUNTY

The following closures have been reported for Wednesday:

  • Washington County Schools
  • The Washington County Court House
  • Supervisor of Elections Office
  • Property Appraiser’s Office
  • Tax Collector’s Office
  • All Washington County libraries
  • The City Hall in Vernon

OKALOOSA COUNTY

All county offices will be closed Wednesday. Essential EMS, corrections, and water and sewer personnel will continue to report for work.

Additionally, the county is ending transit service beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday for fixed-route and 6 p.m. for paratransit. This will enable transit staff to prepare for evacuations.

The City of Crestview and the City of Destin offices will also be closed Wednesday.

The First Judicial Circuit Court will be closed on Wednesday.

CALHOUN COUNTY

Calhoun County schools are closed Wednesday. The county has opened Blountstown High School as a shelter.

“Please note that there are isolated tornadoes and possible standing water in the county,” officials wrote in a news release. “If you decide to go to the shelter, please be vigilant and aware of your surroundings. Do not speed and use extra caution on the roadways.”

GULF COUNTY

Gulf County schools are closed Thursday.

“The inclement weather associated with Hurricane Sally should make its way out of our area by mid-morning tomorrow.,” officials wrote in a news release. “However, once the rains have stopped it will take some time for our roads and campuses to dry out.  To give our maintenance department the opportunity to complete minor repairs and ready our campuses to reopen on Friday, schools will remain closed on Thursday, September 17.”

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