Winter weather hits Milton and Santa Rosa County (Update 3)

Published on January 28, 2014 with No Comments

The winter cold snap appears to be over, but that doesn’t mean you should run out and celebrate the warmer temperatures.

The recent cold front which forced the closures of county and city offices until Thursday along the Gulf Coast is slowly, and very slowly at that, melting away.

Due to the major roads and bridges remaining closed due to ice, Highway 90 is experiencing a heavy volume of traffic and motorist should use extreme caution according to Santa Rosa County Officials. FDOT and the FHP have not given a time when I-10 or other major roads will reopen due to the considerable amount of ice especially on the bridges.

While Highway 90 is open between Santa Rosa and Escambia counties, drivers should use extreme caution due to the hazards especially around the bridges.

Thursday morning the hard freeze warning issued by the National Weather Service expired.

Thursday temperatures are expected to reach the upper 40’s in some areas along the Gulf Coast, but Santa Rosa Emergency Management Officials are asking everyone to use roads with extreme caution. Many roads are passable and as the day progresses there will be more melting of the ice, but you are not alone on the roads.

County and public work crews are maintaining bridge conditions and are sanding when necessary, but there could still be frozen areas before and after the bridge that demand your attention.

Cold Weather Shelters

If the temperature cannot be maintained at your home, make temporary arrangements to stay elsewhere,

including with friends and family.

Two cold weather shelters for the homeless and those who are not able to maintain heat in their homes are

available:

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o Ferris Hill Baptist Church located at 6848 Chaffin Street in Milton will remain open continuously

until 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30.

o Community of Christ Church located at 2111 Presidio Street in Navarre remains open for the

homeless.

Shelters are for people who are homeless or heatless, can care for themselves, and are not at risk to themselves

or others. No one will be admitted to the shelter that is under the influence of drugs or alcohol and are unable

to walk unaided or are disoriented.

Property Damage

There has been one confirmed house fire resulting in displacement.

One tree has fallen on a home in East Milton. The county will assess damages.

Emergency Services

There were 102, 9-1-1 responses in the 24 hour period ending at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

There have been more than 80 Citizens Information Center calls in the 24 hour period ending at 5:30 p.m. on

Wednesday, Jan. 29.

There is one confirmed fatality from a 7 p.m. accident on Tuesday, Jan. 28 from I-10 into the Blackwater

River.

o A fuel sheen fell into the river from the bridge and a person has been removed from the submerged

vehicle. On-scene units included East Milton Volunteer Fire Department, Bagdad Volunteer Fire

Department, Lifeguard Ambulance, Santa Rosa County Sherriff’s Office, Florida Highway Patrol, and

Department of Transportation. Three patients were transported to Santa Rosa Medical Center. The

divers are out and the search mission has been called off.

o While removing the 18-wheeler part of the cargo went into the river with other debris, if they are

located citizens are asked to call the Santa Rosa County 9-1-1 center at (850) 983-5372. The main

content was drums of vinegar.

Power Outages

Santa Rosa County residents who cannot maintain heat due to power outages or any other reasons are

encouraged to call the Citizens Information Center at (850) 983- INFO (4636).

Gulf Power continues to receive and resolve power outage issues.

Please do not call 9-1-1 to report power outages. Power outages should be reported to Gulf Power at 1-800-

GU-Power (1-800-487-6937) or Escambia River Cooperative, Inc. at 1-877-OUT-EREC (1-877-688-3732).

Never touch a fallen power line, and assume all wires on the ground are electrically

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