More than 20 inches of rain fell on parts of the Florida Panhandle on Sunday, causing flood and damage to roads and buildings.
The rain fell over a 24 hour period in Escambia County, forcing 113 people in the area into shelters while residents in a low-lying apartment complex were ordered to evacuate. No fatalities or injuries have been reported at this time.
Local officials have announced damage to several roads and bridges along with homes and businesses in the area although a full report has not been released at this time.
By midday Saturday six feet of water had taken over the central booking facility for the Escambia County Jail in Pensacola. The main part of the jail also lost power in the area where 697 inmates are housed. Officials quickly brought in backup power sources and had air conditioning working a short time period after their power outage.
In the meantime the National Weather Service has warned residents that more flash flooding may occur before Sunday night, specifically in Florida’s southern Escambia and southwest Santa Rosa counties. The weather service specifically warns residents of “inundation flooding of low-lying and poor drainage areas.”
After Sunday night a less severe flash flood watch is still on the radar through Monday morning in parts of southwest Alabama, northwest Florida and southeast Mississippi where residents could be met with three to six more inches of rain water.
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