Heavy rainfall and localized flash flooding, particularly of low lying and urban areas, is possible beginning late today, Tues., July 12, with the threat increasing through Sunday morning, according to the US National Weather Service in Mobile. Two to four inches of rainfall are possible north of I-10 with those closer to the coast receiving four to six inches of rainfall. Storms could train over the area increasing the threat of flash flooding. Santa Rosa County Emergency Management staff will monitor conditions through the weekend.
There is also a high risk of rip currents along Navarre Beach through at least Friday night. Santa Rosa County Emergency Management officials encourage residents to monitor local weather reports and have multiple ways to receive weather warnings, especially overnight.
The county's public works department has sand available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the following locations:
Residents must provide their own sandbags and shovel. Bags can be purchased at many local hardware stores. For information on how to make and use sandbags, visit the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes. While sandbags can help mitigate to an extent, buying flood insurance is the best protection against flood loss.
Floods are the nation's most common and costly natural disaster and cause millions of dollars in damage every year. And get it sooner rather than later - flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period.
Residents or businesses who experience damage from storms may submit a report to Santa Rosa County online through the Citizen Damage Report form. To report the flooding of a ditch or street, use the online Citizen Work Request form.
Prepare now for severe weather. Make sure all family members know the plan.
For current weather events, visit www.weather.gov/mob. For information on preparing for disasters, visit www.santarosa.fl.gov/emergency.
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