EMA watching rainfall amounts in county

Published 1:00 am Wednesday, June 13, 2012

With as several inches of rainfall in Escambia County over the last few days, county officials are thankful to report no flooding or road issues in the aftermath.

Scattered rainfall is expected throughout the week, but Escambia County Emergency Management Agency Director David Adams said it was not likely produce enough rain to create problems.

On Monday, Adams said river and creek stages throughout the western part of the county were well below any levels that require action or warnings.

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“Murder Creek started out at nine and a half feet prior to all of the rainfall,” Adams said Monday. “Even with what rain we’ve had, the level is now at 12.65 feet. Our action level on Murder Creek is 17 feet. We’d have to see a lot more rainfall to create concern there.”

Adams also said Burnt Corn Creek was well below any level that required action.

“Burnt Corn was at less than three feet before the rains began,” Adams said. “With the rain, we were still less than six feet with just a slight rise in levels. The action level at Burnt Corn is 11 feet. We’re still well below that.”

Adams said if the amount of rain seen over a 48-hour period was better than if the same amount had fallen in a shorter amount of time.

“We’re lucky all of that rain didn’t fall in a two-hour period,” Adams said. “When you have dry conditions, it takes a little time for the rain to soak in. When it comes in a downpour, the ground doesn’t have time to soak it in and you have problems. With this rain falling over two or three days time, it was a soaking rain instead of a flooding rain. It worked out well for us this time.”

While no major problems were reported in eastern Escambia either, Adams did say authorities would be watching the rainfall amounts to the north of the entire area due to possible impacts on the county.

“We’ll keep an eye on how the rain is falling and has fallen to the north of us,” Adams said. “What falls there eventually makes its way south and we’ll watch to see if that has any impact on our creeks and rivers. It’s just something we’ll keep an eye on until the rain bands pass through.”