Massive Flood Hits Escambia County; One Drowns, Millions In Damage (With Photo Gallery)

April 30, 2014

Historic flooding and storms hit Escambia County from a portion of Cantonment south Tuesday night, claiming the life of at least one person, leaving dozens of people trapped by rising water, plunging tens of thousands into the dark, and doing millions of dollars worth of damage.

An Pensacola woman drowned when she drove into high water on Highway 29 in Cantonment, becoming the first confirmed fatality from the storms. [Read more...]

Likely  hundreds of people were trapped in vehicle submerged across the area or in their homes as flood waters began to rise. In the Bristol Park subdivision off County Road 97 and Highway 297A, dozens of residents were forced into their attics as water became chest-high or deeper. Firefighters from across the county worked for hours to rescue those residents, forced to use chainsaws to cut through roofs. An estimated 80 to 100 people were rescued from the subdivision.

Over 17,000 Gulf Power customers in Escambia County were without power early Wednesday morning, with the utility saying it could be Wednesday evening or later before some were restored. [Read more...]

Damages to homes, businesses and public infrastructure such as roads and bridges reach well into the millions. An estimated dollar figure won’t be known for several day. Rep. Clay Ingram said early Wednesday morning that he had spoken to Gov. Rick Scott, with the governor promising do all he can do to help the Panhandle recover from the storm.

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NorthEscambia.com will update this story and the rest of our site with the latest information throughout the day.

Pictured top: Rain fell so rapidly Tuesday night that the I-10 Escambia Bay Bridge flooded. Pictured below: Flooding at McDonald’s on Highway 29 in Cantonment. NorthEscambia.com reader submitted photos, click to enlarge.

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9 Responses to “Massive Flood Hits Escambia County; One Drowns, Millions In Damage (With Photo Gallery)”

  1. tanya on May 2nd, 2014 2:11 pm

    I personaly would like to thank the officer who assisted me across the current my car was stuck in on hwy 29 at around 10pm on Tuesday night. It was a relief to see help in that terrible time.

  2. Lady on May 1st, 2014 6:47 pm

    I haven’t heard. Very much about all the Firefighters and Emergency personnel who were out and responding so quickly. They left families of their own to help others. Not. Only the families what these heros do. NAS Pensacola were some of the first ones at jail when the explosion occurred and had been helping out previously at other places I’m sure. Thanks to all the Fire and Rescue personnel.

  3. kaylie on April 30th, 2014 10:47 pm

    I would like to know how I can help anyone in any way!?

  4. Nancy Perry on April 30th, 2014 8:05 pm

    @Mike indeed heroes !! Please thank them from me for their service…that is what America is all about and too many people have lost that attitude:)). Thank You HEROES!!

  5. Danny on April 30th, 2014 6:10 pm

    Michelle; It would be nice if everyone could stay home in weather like this but unfortunatly we all can’t. We still need Police officers, Firemen, Hospital workers, People to keep our power and water flowing to our homes. Then there are business that run 24/7 and their employees work shifts and have to releave each other, so the traffic continues to flow all through the night. Yes in a perfect world everyone is at home asleep every night and during bad weather, rain , snow/ice, we could just stay in our homes with our families and wait for the storms to pass but that is not the case. Thank goodness for the people who were called in to asist people whose homes flooded in the middle of the night. They literally risked thier lives to come to the aid of others in need.

  6. cj on April 30th, 2014 5:36 pm

    Agree with Nancy – thank you William.

  7. mike moore on April 30th, 2014 4:15 pm

    I would like to acknowledge the selfless act of courage and determination of several men that spent the whole night in their personal boats rescuing trapped homeowners from their attics. One gentleman housed dozens of displaced families in his own home all while continuing his rescue efforts. I wont name them individually because they would be unhappy with me drawing attention to themselves during an unfortunate situation. True heroes in the shadows .

    Mike Moore
    Cantonment resident

  8. Nancy Perry on April 30th, 2014 3:47 pm

    @ Michelle I agree but some like my sister were leaving work and meetings. She was stuck on I 10 for hours before her husband got yo her. God performed a miracle last night by donating her life…..thanks William for posting and keeping us updated last night and today. I was using your site with the most current up-to-date information relaying it to her dons yo relay it to her husband ( where not to go). We appreciate you !!

  9. Michelle on April 30th, 2014 8:46 am

    It scares me how many people are still driving around. People never learn. Look how deep those sink holes are!!
    I can;t believe how much rain fell and there is still more to come.





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