DRENCHED AND FLOODED - Rains are the worst most have seen

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

"The water was up to Scout's chest," said Martin. "I have never seen it this bad."

Early Wednesday morning, the Walton County Division of Emergency Management declared a local state of emergency for Walton County and moved the Emergency Operations Center to level two.

The declaration and activation were due to severe weather and flooding throughout the county.

According to weather.com, by Wednesday noon, Santa Rosa Beach had seen 5.40 inches of rain in 24 hours, but residents were reporting several feet of standing water in some areas.

Walton County Schools closed and South Walton High School opened as a shelter for those who could get there.

However, residents were urged to stay off of the roads.

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