|TROPICAL STORM DEBBY UPDATE 6-28-12|
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office, working in conjunction with the Wakulla Property Appraiser’s Office, have developed preliminary damage assessments as the county and state wait on a federal disaster declaration and financial assistance.
With much more assessment work to be done the assessment crews have discovered 39 destroyed homes, 31 with major damage, 20 with minor damage and a total of 254 homes affected in some way for a grand total of 344 homes. Affected homes are homes that had storm damage but did not have water in living quarters. The homes were closely split between 144 mobile homes and 166 single family dwellings. Preliminary damage estimates are nearly $7 million. Most of the destroyed homes are in the Sopchoppy area. Damage to businesses was limited.
As the waters lower around the county the assessments crews will continue their work to develop a more complete picture of damage.
Lost Creek in Crawfordville is dropping after threatening Gulf Coast Lumber. Rehwinkel Road’s flooding remains steady.
The mosquitoes will become an issue soon and WCSO is working with the Department of Health to determine if aerial spraying is an option in the coming days and weeks.
“The trucks have been able to go into locations where the patrol cars can’t,” he said. “The pick-up trucks have been a real blessing.”
U.S. Highway 98 between Crawfordville Highway and Rehwinkel Road is very close to requiring closure and is being actively monitored.
Current road closures and impacts due to flooding, damage, and/or bridge damage:
-Otter Lake Road at Westview Street.
- There are several locations with major infrastructure damage: Surf Road at Buckhorn Creek, Smith Creek Road at Syfrette Creek, Harms Road, Harvey Mill at Lawhon Mill, and potentially both bridges over the Sopchoppy River (Smith Creek Road and Rose Road). Lost Creek Culvert on Bostic Pelt Road has major damage.
- Residents are encouraged to contact the Wakulla County Emergency Management, 745-7200, to report damage, regardless of whether they require assistance. This information will be utilized in determining the needs for federal disaster and/or non-profit organization assistance.
- WCSO is beginning to identify several unmet human service needs. Numerous residents have called requesting assistance with muck out (removal of flooded carpeting, drywall, etc) and debris removal from private property. These needs have been relayed to Volunteer Wakulla and Big Bend COAD.
A. American Red Cross
B. Salvation Army
C. Florida Division of Emergency Management
D. Florida Department of Transportation
E. Progress Energy
F. Talquin Electric Cooperative
G. Volunteer Wakulla
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