Storm troopers: Walton County officials, law enforcement applaud response efforts after storm


Robyn Overton Roberts shared this photo of flooding at Norwood Drive and Scenic Hwy. 98.

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 05:07 PM.

As rainfall starts to recede, it may be hard to believe that just a day ago Walton County was under a state of emergency.

"We had taken precautions — Public Works was up the night before preparing — but it was more than we thought it was going to be," said Louis Svehla, public information manager for the Walton Board of County Commissioners.

"I've been working law enforcement for 21 years and this is the worst flooding I have ever seen," added Lt. Keith Chamblee of the Walton County Sheriff's Office.

The National Weather Service estimates that South Walton County saw between 10-15 inches of rainfall, and as much as 6 inches in areas north of Choctawhatchee Bay . Svehla said the county is still assessing the aftermath and have not yet put a dollar amount to the damage.

"Areas south of the bay were hit the hardest," Svehla said. "We knew where a lot of the problem areas would be from past storms, but there were some areas that showed a lot of water retention that were never a problem before."

30A was closed due to road damage at Little Red Fish Lake and Draper Lake , but by Thursday morning, the roads were passable. Public works is currently repairing the damage. In the North end of Walton County , Natural Bridge had about 2-3 inches of flooding. CHELCO reported 137 outages, affecting 4,950 residents.

"We fared extremely well considering," Svehla said. "The water is now receding well and roads are opening up rather quickly."

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