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

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

WCSO recruited student resource officers and investigators to direct traffic from flooded intersections and overall keep everyone safe, said Chamblee. Overall, about 26 officers were covering South Walton.

"Our biggest concern was keeping flooded roadways clear," he said. "We saw a lot of drivers stranded because they didn't know how deep the water was. Some people would leave to go to work and turn around because of the floods and find the roads were no longer passable."

At a 9 a.m. emergency meeting Thursday, Walton county officials met to discuss how to help those with major flood damage. The county received six high-wheeled vehicles from the National Guard and is expecting a visit from FEMA early next week. To expedite repairs, the county may be looking to hire contracted employees.

Working with the WCSO, the county received high praise for keeping residents updated on road closures. Svehla himself started his work Wednesday at 5 a.m. from home making calls.

Social media was abuzz with information. WCSO shared photos, road closures and safety tips throughout the day. The Walton ALERT Facebook page garnered 1,200 additional followers throughout the day. One improvement Svehla would like to look into is providing a news feed on the Walton County website for non-Facebook users.

Svehla reminds residents that the county's repair phase is "a continuous event.”

"We will certainly do our best to get repairs done as quickly as we can,” he said.

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