No flood damage expected from rising Shoal River

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 09:54 AM.

CRESTVIEW — The rising Shoal River is not expected to cause any flooding problems in the coming days, according to Okaloosa County Emergency Management Director Randy McDaniel.

Heavy rain from thunderstorms that rolled through Mississippi and Alabama earlier this week is now running south into local rivers.

In Mossy Head, the Shoal River was at 9.3 feet Wednesday afternoon and dropping, McDaniel said. The river reached almost 13 feet at its highest point Tuesday. That caused some minor street flooding, but the water had receded by Wednesday.

In Crestview, the river had just reached it’s flood stage of 8 feet on Wednesday afternoon. It was expected to crest at 8.6 feet today.

That shouldn’t affect any roads, bridges, houses or businesses, McDaniel said.

“Unless we were to receive a lot of rain, which is not forecasted, we expect the river to crest here soon and then start dropping and not affect anything,” he said.

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