Road closures and flooding levels announced in north Okaloosa

Published: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 12:15 PM.

Hazardous weather outlook

Persons living in flood prone areas near creeks and low lying areas should be alert for the potential of flash flooding. Residents and business interests located along river basins should monitor the rivers for possible flooding conditions due to heavy rain.

Also there is a slight risk for severe thunderstorms with downburst winds large hail and isolated brief tornadoes this afternoon through this evening. A cold front will move east across the region late this evening with the back clearing edge of the rain and thunderstorms advancing east of the Laverne, Andalusia and Destin areas shortly after midnight.

Widespread heavy rain and periodic strong thunderstorms will continue to impact the region through the late afternoon and evening hours. A flash flood watch is in effect with widespread rainfall amounts from 3 to 5 inches expected to fall through late this evening ahead of an approaching cold frontal system. Localized rainfall amounts to near 7 inches remain possible through tonight.

Blackwater River flood stages

Currently the Blackwater River near Baker is predicted to exceed the flood stage of 11 feet. The river is currently forecast to crest at 13.5 feet on Tuesday, Feb 26. At this level the following impacts could occur:

  • 9.5 feet — Kennedy and Peaden Bridges flooded upstream.
  • 11 feet — some minor flooding of secondary roads and lowlands from around Baker downstream will occur.
  • 12 feet — flooding of secondary roads and lowlands will subside as the river drops below 12 feet.
  • 14 feet —flooding of East Park in Baker occurs at 14 feet and West Park becomes flooded at 14.5 feet.

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