Panhandle Deals With Flooding
Published July 6th, 2013
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - Flooding prompted road and waterway closures throughout the rain-soaked Florida Panhandle on Friday.
Emergency officials from Pensacola to Panama City encouraged residents to stay off water-clogged roads following days of heavy rain. Forecasters called for more rain through the next several days.
In Walton County, a dike break caused the U.S. Coast Guard to close a four-mile section of the Intracoastal Waterway between Choctawatchee Bay and West Bay late Thursday.
Coast Guard officials say they received a call from boaters Thursday afternoon reporting that the dike had given way at mile marker 263 between Panama City and Destin.
The Coast Guard said Friday afternoon that the Intercostal Waterway between mile marker 262 to mile marker 266 in Walton County would remain closed until workers could take care of the broken dike.
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