More 30A Hurricane Michael Updates 10/11/18

Seagrove beach. Photo credit: Robert Nehin
If you would like to volunteer with Hurricane Michael recovery efforts, visit and fill out the volunteer form.

4:25 PM CDT – Cory Davis from 30A Radio and local photographer Fletcher Isacks get some great drone footage over Ed Walline Beach Access in Dune Allen Beach along Hwy 30A. Continued thoughts and prayers to our neighbors to the east.

1:50 PM CDT: Walton County announces locations for donations and drop-off sites:

Below is a list of items needed:

Cash is the best donation at this time.

Florida Disaster Fund: The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities.

• To make a onetime donation of $10, text the word DISASTER to 20222 and a one-time donation of $10.00 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance.

• To make a onetime donation of $25, text the word DISASTER25 to 20222 and a one-time donation of $25.00 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance.

– Batteries
– Cleaning Supplies
– Paper Goods
– Hygiene items and Toiletries (diapers, wipes, pads, tampons, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.)

Citizens are urged to keep their hurricane supplies.

Walton County has three official drops off sites that are partnering together to collect donations.

If you would like to donate hurricane relief items please drop them off at one of the following locations:

• DeFuniak Springs: Southern Choice Properties (1756 Us Highway 90)
• DeFuniak Springs: Matrix COC (37 State Highway 83).
• Santa Rosa Beach: Walton Area Chamber Office (63 S. Centre Trail Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459)

The Salvation Army will be assisting with the collection and transportation efforts at these official drop off locations.

1:38 PM CDT – Live from Pt. Washington at Choctawhatchee Bay

1:20 PM CDT – On a lighter note: Questions continue to come in about red tide, a separate issue than Hurricane Michael. 🙂 Please refer to THIS LINK for statewide red tide status. Also, please send this link to anyone who wants information on red tide. 🙂

12:52 PM CDT: Driving tour live from Alys Beach, Seacrest, Rosemary Beach

Posted by 30A on Thursday, 11 October 2018

12:30 PM CDT: A driving tour down Highway 30A from Western Lake, Watercolor, Seaside to Seagrove:

Driving from Watercolor to Seagrove 10/11/18

A driving tour down Hwy 30A from Western Lake to Seagrove. After #hurricanemichael

Posted by 30A on Thursday, 11 October 2018

12:14 PM CDT: JoAnn Ribaudo gives us a glimpse of the Western Lake outfall into the gulf:

Western Lake outfall into the gulf 10/11/18

Video from Western Lake as the tannic water flows into the Gulf of Mexico at Grayton Beach. It is not polluted (not red tide), it is the pine trees and their needles that fall into the lake that gives it the tea stained appearance. The water is very clear in fact but always has this appearance because of the tanins in it. (Don’t panic, it’s just tannic) 🙂 30A after #hurricanemichael #30Abeachstrong

Posted by 30A on Thursday, 11 October 2018

12:03 PM CDT – Road closures in effect in Walton County

DISTRICT 1: Closed Roads  – DeFuniak Springs Area

2571 McKinnon Bridge Rd Ponce de Leon
• 269 Hallelujah Rd DeFuniak Springs: tree and power line down
• ** Deputies manning roadway at 9029 Co Hwy 183A: Power pole leaning down and if it goes any further risks 6 poles coming down.
• Woodlands Rd/Girl Scout: tree down
CJ Laird/183 S: oak tree across road
• CB Whitehead/Douglass Crossroad: power line in trees
• Red Hill Rd: Trees on Power lines
• 1893 River Rd : Trees & power lines down close to end of rd
3101 McKinnon Bridge Rd PDL trees & power lines down
• 900 Magnolia Rd PDL

DISTRICT 2: Closed Roads – Freeport Area

• Brandywine Rd Freeport: 2 trees partially in road near Yorktown Rd
• Dead River Rd (Seven Runs Cemetery area) Ponce de Leon: Tree blocking rd
• S Tram Rd Ponce de Leon: tree blocking rd
• Kylea Laird/Hazelwood Ln: power line hanging and partially on ground
• US Highway 331 S/Jennings Rd: tree across rd, unable to get in or out to 331
State Highway 81/20 E Ponce de Leon:  power line across rd
• CO Hwy 3280/Gardenia: Road unpassable, trees and live wires 5 ft off ground
Howell Bluff Rd/20E: debris and trees in road
• Co Hwy 282/Site C-6 Rd: Wires held up by the lines
• Johns Lane
• B H Reddick @ Brett Ln: Power Line in the rd
• Camp Adams Loop: Power lines low hanging
• Shaver Ave: Tree across rd
162 Trout Cir Freeport: tree on power line completely blocked
• 139 Live Oak St : blocking access to Freeport City Pump Station

DISTRICT 3: Closed Roads – South of the Bay from US Hwy 331 @ US 98 West

• Bambi Pl Santa Rosa Beach: Down cable line
260 Bluebell Cir SRB: cable line hanging in roadway
• 145 Hillcrest Rd SRB: Tree down in road
5692 W Co Hwy 30A: PASSABLE, but wire going across rd

DISTRICT 4: Closed Roads – South of the Bay from US Hwy 331 @ US 98 East

150 S Wall St: Hot Power Line down North of this location
340 Orange St Inlet Beach: Power line down
150 S Wall ST Inlet Beach: live wire down

11:44 AM CDT – 30A’s JoAnn Ribaudo goes live from Blue Mtn Beach

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