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2300 Pioneer Road Chipley, FL 32428 

Office Hours: Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

(850) 638-6203


Public Safety Director

Lynne Abel

Emergency Management Coordinator

Connie Welch 




Road Updates and Closures


Routine Inspection on I-10 Choctawhatchee River Bridge 

Chipley, FL Drivers traveling Interstate 10 over Choctawhatchee River, one mile west of County Road 279 (Carville/Exit 104) in Washington County, will encounter lane restrictions between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 and Wednesday, March 8 as crews perform a routine bridge inspection. 


All activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. Motorists are reminded to travel with care through the work zone, especially at night, and to watch for construction equipment and workers entering and exiting the roadway.  


Construction activities are set to begin the week of February 27

on State Road 77 in Washington County. 


Crews will mill and resurface the travel lanes from Interstate 10 to

5th Street, construct five-foot bicycle lanes and sidewalk from

Blue Lake Park to 5th Street, perform safety upgrades, and place

new signs and pavement markings along the project. 

Motorists can expect intermittent and alternating lane

closures from 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.  The 1.8-mile resurfacing project

is anticipated to be complete summer 2017. 


Drivers are reminded to use caution, especially at night,

when traveling through the construction zone, and to

pay attention for workers and equipment entering and exiting the work area. 


All activities are weather dependent and may be delayed

or rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.



The Washington County Public Works Department reports that

beginning Monday, February 27 and continuing

through Monday, March 13, Morrell Avenue in Ebro

will be closed from 5488 Morrell Avenue

east to Obie Street (approximately 1/10 of a mile).  

Everyone, including emergency response personnel, 

must make arrangements for alternate travel in

the area during this time.



Choctawhatchee River Readings: 




Effective Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee will modify the flood stage levels for the Choctawhatchee River at Caryville [US-90] (CARF1) to better reflect impacts from flooding along this portion of the river.


These new flood levels are:


Action Stage                          10 feet (unchanged)

Minor Flood Stage                14 feet (up 2 feet)

Moderate Flood Stage          16 feet (unchanged)

Major Flood Stage                20 feet (down 7 feet)


This location is a routine forecast point, which means forecasts are issued for this location year round by the Southeast River Forecast Center in Peachtree City, Georgia. River flood warnings are issued by the National Weather Service in Tallahassee whenever the river is expected to exceed flood stage.


These updated flood stages were a direct result of analysis of severalsignificant floods in the 1990s,review of Florida Department of Transportation highway elevation data, and feedback from the Washington and Holmes County Emergency Management Agencies. As a result of these adjustments, the 1990, 1994, and 1929 floods will all be classified as major floods. 


Please click below for: 

Storm Tracking Chart

Emergency Supply Shopping List 


Washington County Shelters

 Chipley High School

1545 Brickyard Road, Chipley



Roulhac Middle School

1535 Brickyard Road, Chipley



Vernon Middle School

3190 Moss Hill Road, Vernon



Vernon High School

3232 Moss Hill Road, Vernon



 Pet Owners

Pets Checklist

If you plan to evacuate but have pets you do not wish to leave behind you may follow this link for pet friendly hotels in our area:  http://www.petswelcome.com/


Special Needs Registry 

The Florida Division of Emergency Management, in coordination with each local emergency management agency in the state, developed a registry to allow residents with special needs to register with their local emergency management agency to receive assistance during a disaster. The statewide registry provides first responders with valuable information to prepare for disasters or other emergencies. 

To register click on the following link: https://snr.floridadisaster.org 

or call 850-638-6203


Please Click Below For:

Washington County Local Mitigation Strategy


Helpful Links:


Evacuation Routes:  http://www.floridadisaster.org/PublicMapping/

Florida Storm Net:  http://www.floridastormnet.com/

Hazard Mitigation Resource Information:  http://www.washingtonfl.com/planning/HAZARD%20MITIGATION%20RESOURCE%20INFORMATION%20-%202012.pdf

Florida Division of Emergency Management:  http://www.floridadisaster.org/index.asp

American Red Cross:  http://www.redcross.org/

Chipley Florida Weather:  https://weather.com/weather/today/l/32428

National Weather Service Forecast Office:  https://www.srh.noaa.gov/tlh/

The Weather Channel:  https://weather.com/

Weather-Ready Nation:  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/

Be a Force of Nature:  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/force.html






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