Following weeks of what has seemed like non-stop rain, one section of
WJHG TV's Chief Meteorologist Chris Smith lives in
"An average year brings about 62 inches of rain. I am at about 70 inches for the year at my house," he said.
And this is just August.
Louis Svehla, public information manager for
"Once we experience a few consecutive days without rain we will be able to better assess the damage. As long as rain continues to fall, additional damage to the area could occur," he said.
Svehla said county officials have met with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in regard to the damage to 30A near
"At this time, officials are working to speed up the process in regard to obtaining permits and working with environmental agencies in order to speed up the process of repair, but at this time, there is no date scheduled for the repair or reopening of that section of 30A," he said. "County officials will continue to assess the damage and formulate a plan of action on the best repair to be made to the location. At this time, and for the foreseeable future, residents and visitors are reminded to use 83 and 283 for north/south travel and 98 for east/west travel."
With the Labor Day holiday looming and traffic on 30A always heavy at that time, Svehla said it's not anticipated that the damaged section of 30A will be repaired by Labor Day.
"At this time, the Public Works department is planning to place detour signs around the area to direct traffic to use County Roads 83 and 283 as north/south routes to link to Highway 98 for east/west travel," he said.
Walton County Tourist Development Director Jim Bagby said he does not see road damage as keeping the usual influx of tourists from coming to South Walton. He believes they will still come and it will continue to be business as usual, with just a minor detour.