Walton County assessing damages

Nathan Cobb | 315-4432 | @WaltonSunNate | nathan@waltonsun.com
Damage was caused to this gas station in Inlet Beach on Wednesday from Hurricane Michael. [TIM CREEHAN/CONTRTIBUTED PHOTO]

The day after Hurricane Michael rolled through the Emerald Coast, thousands in Walton County are still without power.

According to Louis Svehla, Walton County public information manager, there are no estimates as to when power will be restored to residents, but as of this morning, more than 15,000 are still in the dark.

However, he said that number is constantly going down.

"We are not even going to try and make a stab at guessing at (when power will be back on) because there are so many variables and so many things that can happen," Svehla said.

He said that deputies took to the roads last night to assess damages around the county. Fortunately, nothing seems to be unable to be fixed, and county parks withstood the storm well.

"They're looking real good actually," Svehla said. "We have some tree damage from wind and certainly have some power issues, but as far as any kind of damage or anything that we can't open or we're not going to be able to do, there's really none of that."

At 4 a.m. this morning, a list of 25 smaller connector roads with obstructions was put together — Svehla said the 331 bridge is operational — but he added the county is working to get everything fully functional again as quickly as possible.

"The issues we have with closures right now are still the closures of the schools because we still have shelters open," Svehla said. "So that's really the only thing that's inhibiting us at this point."