Washington County Uodate on Michael AftermathMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Oct 11 2018 8:09 PM
Chipley, FL - October 11, 2018) – In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington County Emergency Operations Center are working together along with incident management teams from outside the area. Updates are as follows:
Curfew - Sheriff Kevin Crews has issued a curfew of 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for all of Washington County effective today until further notice to protect county citizens, businesses and their property. This applies to pedestrian and vehicular traffic with exception of essential services (fire services, law enforcement, emergency medical services, military personnel, members of the media, as well as all state, county and local municipality transportation, public works or emergency management personnel).
Boil Water Advisory - All Washington County residents with city water are advised to boil all water for one minute prior to consumption until further notice.
Recovery Status - Teams from throughout the region are here to assist the sheriff’s office and Washington County Emergency Management in the recovery from Hurricane Michael. We appreciate your patience as we all work together. As roadways are being cleared, the sheriff’s office will be conducting neighborhood checks.
Supplies - Washington County Emergency Management is working to bring in supplies, including water. As they become available, more information will be made available regarding points of distribution (PODS).
Roads/Traffic – For information on the status of Interstate 10 and any other state road, visit www.FL511.com or call 511 on your mobile phone to receive updates. Dangerous road conditions (downed trees) should be called into Washington County Public Works at 850-638-6203.
Closures - City and county offices, courts and Washington County Public Schools remain closed.
· For more information on court and clerk operations, visit @14thJudicialFL on Twitter.
· Washington County Schools are tentatively closed until Wed., Oct. 17. Check their site on Facebook for further updates.
Shelter Status - The general population and special needs shelter at Roulhac Middle School, 1535 Brickyard Road in Chipley, remain open. If you are oxygen dependent or have medical needs requiring electricity please go to the special needs shelter located in the fifth wing of Roulhac Middle School.
Power Outages - For information on the status of power, visit the Gulf Power Outage Map – www.gulfpower.com/outages. Treat every downed power line as potentially energized. To restore power with the highest degree of safety, restoration must be accomplished in a certain order, using specific equipment and procedures. Workers will appreciate your patience and understanding.
Generator Safety - Only use generators in well-ventilated, covered outdoor locations. Never use a generator in a home or garage. Plug appliances directly into the generator, never try to power house wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet. This practice puts utility workers and your household at risk of electrocution.