DRENCHED AND FLOODED - Rains are the worst most have seen


Thompson Road in Santa Rosa Beach saw substantial flooding, which caused quite a few cars to be stranded.

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 11:30 AM.

Gulf Place resident Joe Perry had a 7 a.m. flight scheduled out of Fort Walton Wednesday morning. Due to the heavy rain, thunder, and lightning the night before, he called the airline before leaving home to check on the flight's status.

The flight was on time, he was told.

Perry left his house about 5 a.m. to allow plenty of time.

Driving along 30A before daybreak, he encountered some standing water and puddles, but nothing dire at that hour.

With construction ongoing at Oyster Lake on 30A, traffic detours off 30A onto Thompson Road to access U.S. Highway 98.

"There was a lot of water on Thompson Road," said Perry.

However, he had a plane to catch and proceeded. He made it almost to the intersection when his Nissan Altima's engine died.

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