Flash Floods in Bay County, Florida

A storm and heavy rainfall in the Bay County area of Florida on Sunday 23 February 2014 left several roads under water. Although the rain and floods were slight in comparison to the July 2013 floods, parts of the area still saw as much as 5 inches (12.5cm) of rain fall in just a few hours.

The Tallahassee department of the National Weather Service reported rainfall levels of 3.28 inches (8.2cm) in Panama City and 1.72 inches (4.3cm) at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport and as much as 3.28 inches. Some areas may have seen as much as 5 inches of rain fall in just a few hours. Although no further storms are expected, sporadic rainfall has been forecast until Wednesday 26 February 2014.

Bay County saw the worst of the storm and Front Beach Road, Thomas Drive and Joan Avenue were all flooded. Mostly the low lying areas and those known for poor drainage were flooded.

July 2013 Floods

Bay County suffered from severe flood damage in July 2013. 600 homes in Bay County were flooded at that time. The floods were again a result of heavy rainfall. Walton, Washington, Holmes and Okaloosa counties were also badly hit.

Walton and Washington Counties saw nearly 20 inches (50cm) of rain between 2 and 7 of July. During the same period, areas of Bay County had between 12 and 17 inches (30cm to 43cm) of rain.

Estimates put the total damage done by the July 2013 floods at around $29 million across the region.


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Sources: News Herald