Use caution in areas prone to flash flooding within the city

Published on June 20, 2017 with No Comments

With hurricane season amongst us and the month of June bringing plenty of rain to Milton and surrounding areas, it is important to stay prepared should flash flooding become a problem. Reports from Northwest Florida Management District says Santa Rosa County received 19 inches of rain within the last 30 days.

George Rials, public works director for the City of Milton said drivers should be aware of certain roads within the city which could become a problem during flash flooding conditions: Carpenter’s Park, Russell Harber Landing Park, Susan Street between Walker and Jackson Lane, Glover Lane and Lambert Lane to Highway 90, Canal Street–south side of Highway 90, Clayton Lane–area down in the curve, Sunray–areas by the drainage ditch, Riverwalk Park and Hearn Street.

Should they be needed, the county is supplying sand for residents at the corner of Pine Forest and Carroll. Citizens should bring their own bags and shovel. Bags are available at Hall’s Hardware and Lowe’s for .50 cents each.

Take these small steps to protect yourself and your city:

  • Keep your yard clear of debris
  • Inventory your belongings and keep important papers in a safe place
  • Call (850) 983-5440 if you see blocked storm drains and/or broken silt fences
  • Plan for a flood by keeping extra food and water
  • Know your evacuation routes
  • Consider a flood insurance policy

 

In doing so, these small practices can make a big difference in case of a flood and also give peace of mind throughout the season.

If you have questions about your flood hazard, evacuation routes, or need other information, please call city hall at (850) 983-5440 or the Santa Rosa County Floodplain Manager at (850) 981-7029.

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