Heavy rains to cause flooding in area

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The Holt area is borderline between a significant and an extreme flood threat area, according to the National Weather Service in Mobile. (image courtesy of the National Weather Service Mobile)

HOLT, Fla., June 21, 2017–Holt and the surrounding area is included in the National Weather Service’s flash flood threat area.

The NWS in Mobile issued a flash flood warning at 7 a.m. for Okaloosa County until 1 p.m. The heavy rain threat and flash flooding potential continues today and tonight.

Up to three inches of rain had fallen by 7 a.m. An additional 2-to-3 inches of rain is expected in the next few hours.

The service has also issued flood warnings for Blackwater River near Baker, Shoal River in Crestview and Big Coldwater Creek near Milton.

Shoal River
The flood warning for Shoal River is from this evening until Saturday evening.

At 8 a.m. today the stage was 6 feet. Flood stage is 8 feet. River waters are forecast to rise above flood stage by tonight and continue to rise near 10 feet by tomorrow early afternoon.

At 14 feet, residential flooding may occur in the Trevor Court area. At 11 feet, flooding becomes a threat to the Trevor Court and Rattlesnake Bluff areas.

Blackwater River
Flood warnings for the Blackwater River is from this evening until Saturday afternoon.

At 8 a.m. today, the stage was 6.5 feet. Flood state is 11 feet. River waters are forecast to rise above flood stage by this evening and continue to rise near 15.6 feet by tomorrow evening.

West Park and East Park in Baker are threatened by rising waters, as are secondary roads.

Heavy rainfall is forecast to occur over the next 24 hours. As a result, river levels are forecast to rise, according to the warning.

Big Coldwater Creek
For Big Coldwater Creek, the flood warning has been extended from Thursday evening until Saturday afternoon.

At 9 p.m. Tuesday, the stage was 4.9 feet. Flood stage is 10 feet. No flooding is occurring at this time.

The creek is forecast to rise above flood stage by Thursday evening and continue to rise
near 10.9 feet by Friday early afternoon. The river will fall below flood stage by Saturday afternoon.

Tornado potential
Additionally, isolated storms will be capable of producing brief tornadoes across the northwest Florida Panhandle through tonight.

Earlier this morning, a tornado warning was issued for southern Okaloosa County where a possible tornado was spotted on the ground near Cinco Bayou.

Stephanie Holcombe

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