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Tallahassee – Today, Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 26 counties to support emergency response operations for communities inundated by heavy rains. Included in those counties is Hamilton, Lafayette and Suwannee counties.
Full Executive Order Below:
STATE OF FLORIDA
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 14-144
(Emergency Management-Severe Weather and Flash Flooding)
WHEREAS, between April 29 – April 30, a frontal system over Florida’s Panhandle and Big Bend regions produced heavy rainfall in excess of ten inches in some areas;
WHEREAS, the National Weather Service issued Flood or Flash Flood Warnings or both for Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Liberty, Franklin, Gadsden, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Gilchrist, Alachua, and Levy Counties;
WHEREAS, many Florida Panhandle rivers and streams are elevated as a result of heavy rainfall earlier this month;
WHEREAS, as a result of the recent rainfall, many Northwest and North Florida rivers are forecast to rise above flood stage and crest later in the week;
WHEREAS, some roadways are currently closed and it is anticipated that additional roadways along these rivers will be closed, traffic re-routed, and local evacuations may be necessary to protect residential communities along the waterways;
WHEREAS, as Governor, I am responsible to meet the dangers presented to this state and its people by this emergency; and,
WHEREAS, I am responsible for assisting the affected counties in recovering from these storms and to ensure that timely precautions are taken to protect these communities from the threat of additional severe weather in the coming days.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICK SCOTT, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section 1(a) of the Florida Constitution and by the Florida Emergency Management Act, as amended, and all other applicable laws, promulgate the following Executive Order, to take immediate effect: