Damage Assessment Coming For Flooded Florida Panhandle

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Updated: Monday, June, 11, 2012

Forecasters say more heavy rain is pelting south Alabama, where some roads remain closed after a weekend drenching.

The National Weather Service says areas north of the coast could receive as much as 2 inches of rain an hour on Monday, creating a threat for more flooding. The rain is expected to last through Tuesday.

The downpours come with some roads still closed after a weekend of heavy rains in Mobile County, where the airport has received more than 10 inches of rain since Friday.

Shelters are open for people who might be flooded out of their homes in Baldwin County and Escambia County, Fla. The weather service says western Pensacola near the Alabama line received nearly 22 inches of rain over the 24-hour period ending at 8 a.m. Monday.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Emergency officials in the Florida Panhandle are hoping to get a better look at storm damage today after the waters recede.

Flooding from torrential rains damaged homes and closed roads through the Panhandle over the weekend, cutting power to a county jail and sending residents to emergency shelters.

More than 600 inmates at the Escambia County Jail were left without power and air conditioning. The rains left more than 5 feet of water on the floor of a part of the jail that houses the laundry and kitchen facilities. Extra deputies were brought in to beef up security.

Authorities estimate as much as $4 million in damage at the sheriff's facilities.

After getting more than 13 inches of rain Saturday, Pensacola saw nearly two more inches yesterday.

In Alabama, the city of Mobile had nearly six inches Saturday and about three more inches yesterday.

Forecasters initially feared that another four to eight inches would fall yesterday along the coast, but the storm system pulled more of the precipitation further inland.

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