Homes, roads flood during Monday rain event

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

UPDATE: Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.

It rained. It rained. It rained, and it rained some more Monday.

"We got a good bit of rain and there were some people who saw flooding," Public Information Officer Doug Rainer told The Log Tuesday morning.

The city had crews working throughout the night pumping water from flooded areas of the city.

Water was pumped from Quail Run along Airport Road, where one resident told The Log water was coming into some people's garages. As of Tuesday morning, Rainer said there was no standing water in the neighborhood.

The city was still pumping water from the outfall conveyance structure along Calhoun Avenue and the Indian Bayou/Country Club Drive area Tuesday morning.

Given the amount of rainfall, which was indicated at between 4 to 8 inches by the National Weather Service Mobile Monday afternoon, both of the dog parks are closed at this time.

It was a common site on social media Monday to see cars driving through, and stuck, in flood waters along U.S. Hwy. 98 near Airport Road, near The Track and other low lying areas.

In addition to the rain Monday, more than 900 people in Destin were without power late into the evening. As of Tuesday morning there were no outages reported by Gulf Power.

Rainer told The Log the city was still in the process of assessing any damages and any necessary actions would take place.

Kathy Newby, public information officer for Okaloosa County, said the county has two rain gauges, one in the North part of the county at Hwy. 85 and Ferndon Boulevard and another in the Fort Walton Beach at Ready Avenue. The gauges measured 5-6 inches of rain Monday.

"That's a substantial amount of rain," she said.

UPDATE: 9:11 p.m.

As of 9:11 p.m., there is more than 900 Gulf Power customers without power in Destin, according to Gulf Power's Outage Map.

Crews are on site in some areas, while they are still traveling to others. Power is expected to be restored before 10 p.m. 

Original Report:

Given the continuous rain today, roads in Destin are experiencing flooding.

According to a release from the city of Destin, "several areas of Destin are experiencing flooding. City crews are addressing the areas most affected at this time. We advise you to stay off the roads if possible."

A resident in Quail Run, along Airport Road, told The Log there is water making its way into people's garages, and more than likely within the next hour or so it would make its way into the houses.

This subdivision saw major flooding during rain storms in 2014.

A flash flood warning is currently in effect for Okaloosa County, according to the National Weather Service. A 3:32 p.m. advisory reports that "radar estimates and rain gauge reports indicate that 4 to 8 inches of rain with isolated higher amounts has fallen over much of the warned area today."

Based on data from the Okaloosa Weather Stem site, more than 6.5 inches of rain has fallen at the measurement site at Choctawhatchee High School.