Flooding issues continue to plague Santa Rosa County – Thursday update

Published on April 30, 2014 with 1 Comment

This is the Thursday update from the Santa Rosa County Emergency Operations Center in Milton.
For an updated look at road conditions check the Florida Highway Patrol Traffic Crash Report by clicking here. This site is updated with the current road closures in the area due to high water and flooding.

County Actions

  • The Santa Rosa County Emergency Operations Center is currently at a level 2 activation, or partial activation with essential personnel.
  • The Citizens Information Center is open.  Citizens may call (850) 983-INFO (4636) with questions.
  • The South-End Service Center, 5841 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, is closed Friday, May 2 due to the parking lot flooding.
  • Santa Rosa County is moving from the disaster response phase to the disaster recovery phase. The main focus today for the following departments include:
  • Emergency Management – conducting welfare checks on residents in isolated communities, coordinating the county’s efforts with the state and federal declaration process for both individual assistance for residents and public assistance for repairs to county property, road ways and drainage. Coordinating disaster services through community partners. Operating the citizen information.
  • Public Works – Responding to reports of damage and inspecting, prioritizing and making emergency repairs to roadways and public facilities.
  • Public Services – participating in damaging assessment teams with FEMA and the state and conducting inspections on request
  • Engineering – Landfill repairs, coordination with solid waste providers and mosquito control.
  • Budget – tracking event costs
  • Risk Management – conducting damage assessments on county facilities and working through insurance adjustment process
  • Economic Development Office – reaching out to businesses and chambers to track damage and small business needs

Damage Assessments

  • Joint damage assessment teams of state, FEMA and local inspectors will begin official damage assessments Thursday, May 1 for both residential and county property damage. A primary report may be available as soon as Friday afternoon.
  • Residents with flood damage can report damage online including submitting photos at http://santarosa.fl.gov/EmergencyNEW/WebDamage.cfm or by calling (850) 983-5360.
  • If you have already begun repairs, be sure to take photos of the damage and keep all receipts for any repairs you make. Make sure the date is clearly visible on all receipts.
  • Emergency Support Function 18 has activated the Business Damage Assessment Survey website in response to the “Spring 2014 Flooding Event”:  http://flvbeoc.org/index.php?action=bda. The completed surveys will help the State Emergency Response Team in determining the needs and level of assistance for impacted businesses.  Your assistance is needed in sharing the web link and in encouraging businesses to complete the survey


  • Schools will be open in Santa Rosa County Friday, May 2 with the exception of West Navarre Primary which will open on Monday, May 5.

Garbage Collection

  • Waste Management services have been delayed due to severe weather conditions. These conditions include street flooding, fallen trees, storm debris or low or down power lines.
  • Commercial routes scheduled for Wednesday, April 30, will run one day behind, with nor-mal collection services resuming on Thursday, May 1.
  • Roll-off routes scheduled for Wednesday, April 30, will resume normal collection operations on Thursday, May 1.
  • Santa Rosa County South Franchise Area B Residential trash routes scheduled for Wednesday, April 30, will resume on the next collection day, Saturday, May 3.
  • Santa Rosa County South Franchise Area B Yard Waste routes scheduled for Wednesday, April 30, will resume on Saturday, May 3.
  • Santa Rosa County South Franchise Area B Recycle routes scheduled for Wednesday, April 30, will resume on Saturday, May 3.

Shelter Openings & Closings

  • Milton Community Center shelter is closed
  • Community Life Center, 4115 Soundside Drive, Gulf Breeze. Shelter population: 2
  • Those needing transportation to the shelter can call (850) 983-INFO or 4626.
  • Closed Roads & Bridges

    • Do not remove road barricades on closed roads or bridges.  Even after the water has receded, public works crews must complete safety inspections.
    • Dangerous road conditions can be reported to the Santa Rosa County Road and Bridge Department at (850) 626-0191.
    • Norman Riley Road, in the Blackwater State Forest, is closed between Bud Bass Road and Bryant Bridge Road
    • The west end of East Bay Boulevard between Shadow Lakes Sub and Zilla Street in Navarre. The detour for those east of Zilla Street is Bergren Road
    • Sherwood Dive at Codell Street
    • Bryant Bridge Road
    • Red Rock Road
    • Avalon Boulevard from U.S. Hwy.  90 to Carroll Road
    • Deaton Bridge on Deaton Bridge Road
    • Broad Street, between Berry Hill Road and Madison Street in Milton.  The detour is Conecuh Street
    • Richardson Street in Milton
    • Holley Club Road in Navarre
    • Sherwood Dive at Codell Street in Holley by the Sea is closed due to damage. The detour will be around the block.

    Boil Water Notices/Private Well Safety

    • A precautionary boil water notice has been issued for the 5800 block of East Bay Boulevard
    • A precautionary boil water notice has been issued for the area along Highway 98 from West of Andorra to Falling Leaf Court.
    • Private wells – Once flooding has subsided, wells may be disinfected by following procedures recommended by the Department of Health found at: http://www.floridahealth.gov/healthy-environments/private-well-testing. Have well water tested by a laboratory certified by the state to conduct testing for coliform bacteria.
    • Residents in the precautionary areas and private wells are being advised that all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, bathing, or washing dishes be boiled.  A rolling boil of at least one minute is sufficient.  As an alternative, bottled water may be used.  Tap water can also be disinfected by adding 8 drops of unscented household bleach to each gallon of water, then mixing the water and allowing it to stand for a minimum of 30 minutes.  If water is still cloudy after 30 minutes, the process should be repeated.

    Water Quality Advisory

    • Due to heavy rainfall in the past several days that may have contaminated recreational water ways, the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County is advising residents to avoid water related activities, including swimming, fishing, and boating, for the next several days.
    • Advisory signs will be posted in the areas where the health department conducts Healthy Beaches water sampling; Navarre Park at Highway 98, Navarre Beach West, Navarre Beach Pier, Juana’s Beach, and Shoreline Park.  Signs will remain in place until water samples indicate that bacteria levels have returned to normal.

    Permits and Contractors

    • If you’ve had damage to your home from the recent flooding, it’s important that the work is done properly and that the person you hire is properly licensed. Check our website to ensure they are licensed in Santa Rosa County. data1.santarosa.fl.gov/gopermitslive/
    • A permit is required for but not limited to:
      • Foundation repairs.
      • Drywall replacement.
      • Roofing repairs.
      • Electrical repairs or replacement.
      • Water line or gas line repairs or replacement.
      • Air conditioner/heating repairs or replacement.
        • Warning Signs of an Unlicensed Contractor:
        • The contract offers a verbal contract only.
        • The contractor does not have proof of insurance. A licensed contractor in Santa Rosa County is required to have workers compensation and general liability insurance.
        • The contractor asks you to obtain the permit. The permit holder is held responsible for making any changes needed to pass inspections. If you hold the permit then we expect you to make the corrections.
        • The contractor states that a permit is not required. Most often a permit is required except for minor repairs.
        • The contractor only provides a copy of a Business Tax Receipt as proof of a license. The State of Florida requires an individual to hold a State Certification, State Registration of Specialty Trade License in the field they are contracting to lawfully engage in contracting. Each will have a wallet card labeled with their name and scope of trade.
        • Please call Santa Rosa County Development services with questions about contractor or permit requirements, between 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at (850) 981-7000.

    Home Cleanup

    • Wear protective equipment such as gloves and boots to avoid direct contact with contaminated water.
    • Always use good hand washing practices during this time. It is especially important to wash your hands with soap or sanitizer before eating or drinking.
    • Flooding may cause wastewater to back up into homes and these contaminated materials can cause health risks.
    • Remove any water from your home as quickly as possible since the water may contain germs from overflowing sewage systems.
    • If sewage has backed up into your home, wear rubber boots and waterproof gloves during cleanup.
    • Throw away all food that was touched by flood water – including home-canned food. Throw away any wooden cutting boards, plastic utensils, baby bottle nipples and pacifiers. There is no way to clean them if they came into contact with contaminated flood water. Thoroughly wash metal pans, ceramic dishes and utensils with hot soapy water and sanitize by boiling them in clean water or by immersing them for 15 minutes in a solution of one teaspoon of chlorine bleach per quart of water.
    • Items that cannot be washed or dry-cleaned, such as mattresses and upholstered furniture, must be thrown out or air dried in the sun and sprayed thoroughly with a disinfectant. Remove and discard contaminated household materials that cannot be disinfected such as wall coverings, cloth, rugs, and drywall. As a general rule, anything you can’t wash, disinfect and air dry should be thrown away.
    • Walls, floors, closets, shelves and their contents and any other flooded parts of your home should be thoroughly washed and disinfected with a solution of one cup of bleach to five gallons of water.
    • Thoroughly disinfect surfaces and items that come in contact with food and children’s play areas.
    • Wash all linens and clothing in hot water or dry-clean them.
    • Steam-clean all carpeting.
    • Fiberboard, fibrous insulation and disposable filters in your heating and air conditioning system that have been in contact with floodwater or sewage should be replaced.
    • Be careful about mixing household cleaners and disinfectants, as combining certain types of products can create toxic fumes and result in injury or death.
    • It can be difficult to throw away items in a home, particularly those with sentimental value. However, saving items that have been soaked by sewage or floodwater may be unhealthy. In general, materials that cannot be thoroughly cleaned and dried within 24 to 48 hours should be discarded.
    • Do not use electrical appliances that have been wet. Water can damage the motors in electrical appliances, such as furnaces, freezers, refrigerators, washing machines and dryers.
    • To prevent a gas explosion and fire, have gas appliances (natural gas and LP gas) inspected and cleaned after flooding. If gas appliances have been under water, have them inspected and cleaned and their gas controls replaced, if necessary. The gas company or a qualified appliance repair person or plumber should do this work. Water can damage gas controls so that safety features are blocked, even if the gas controls appear to operate properly.

    General Safety Information


    • www.santarosa.fl.gov or follow us on Twitter at @SRCBOCC
    • Please monitor your home weather radio and local media outlets for the most up-to-date information.
    • Your best defense in any disaster is a NOAA Weather radio.
    • Citizens can signup to automatically receive breaking news alerts from Santa Rosa County Emergency Management via e-mail or as a text message on their cell phone at:  www.santarosa.fl.gov/emergency/publicwarning.html.

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    1. Extreme water damage in creek behind house – due to un-permitted work done by residents who do not understand the water ways & our land – I had to hire guys to try to get the water flowing behind my house.
      This so called creek handles most of the water from Holley by the Sea and other locations. I am not compensated for keeping the water flowing & the situation has now created a dire threat to my property & home. I am the lowest home in this area… my back yard has holes & a steep pitch created thru the actions of others & have repeatedly complained about the un-permitted work & changes they made in the water flow so one individual could have MORE LAND. by moving the creek 15 ft plus…and at points more than 20 ft.–actually might be more

      My backyard stays saturated & now creating holes in the ground near my house & the back yard so steep I can no longer go up & down it. This is scary as the changes pulled sand from my back yard and maybe my foundation creating holes. I stepped into one hole a few feet from my porch & now need surgery.—MRI not in yet. Tore a ligament from my foot to mid calf – 78 yrs old ligament coiled up the size of a baseball @mid calf. For 2 yrs I have watched my back yard become pitted & very steep. I have pictures to prove this.

      My guys tried to pull some of the he muck out of the water to so it would flow water with little success…one hole was so deep we tried to fill it -..but the bags just sank out of site. Will take 5 loads of sand & dirt to repair. & the professionals say a sea wall which I have no money for….my yard used to be beautiful until the county let the yankees do anything they wanted to do without permits or fines. So the damages continued to esculate.

      The owner of the house next door made the curves – the water used to go straight….bur his curves and moving sand to make for more yard caused the water to pull the land away & is HAS pulled the foundation of my yard away. No way to mow the last 10 ft and sometime more – as the mower just bogs down – I hired some guys to get the water flowing but that lasted all of 5 days….all we did was to TRY to get the water flowing by removing the muck.
      . ..
      When it rains we carry all of the water from Holley by the Sea & we are not compensated for this – has esculated since on individual filled his part of the creek in by 15 to 20 feet…so he could have more land.

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