Turtle Rescue. Mariners - ICW CLOSED FL Panhandle levee broke

By: Beachfoxx , 11:19 PM GMT on July 05, 2013

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The heavy rains have also claimed another victim that could take quite some time to repair.

A levy between Choctawatchee Bay and West Bay on the Intracoastal waterway broke yesterday, blocking navigation.

The blockage will disrupt barge and shipping traffic for a number of Bay County's largest businesses.

It's a sight one airboater just had to see for himself.

Airboat Adventures of West Bay Owner Rick Ackerman says, "Well I'd gotten word last night that there'd been a breach somewhere on the Intracoastal waterways at one of the levies and I'd contacted JR at panhandle helicopters this morning to go up and take a look at it."

A land dyke between the Choctawatchee Bay and West Bay broke around 4 o'clock Thursday.

The Coast Guard closed the waterway from mile marker 262 to 266.

Panhandle Helicopters Owner JR Hott says, "I mean if you look at the photos and video, you can see you can walk a third of the way - excuse me, three quarters of the way across the intracoastal."

Ackerman says, "I have never seen the intracoastal shut down like this. Even in a hurricane."

The coast guard hasn't announced when crews will clean-up the debris, but the waterways won't reopen until then.

Local businesses like Chevron and Cargill Steel send and receive products on the Intracoastal.

Company officials say it's still too early to know how much this will disrupt their shipments.

For now chevron officials say they're not worried about the supply of gas.

Earlier today the Coast Guard gave air boats clearance to get back on the Intracoastal.

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17. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
4:02 PM GMT on September 08, 2013
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15. Beachfoxx
4:12 AM GMT on August 17, 2013
It's a fact... Local met told me & then heard it on TWC. We are under flash flood and flood warnings again this weekend.
We are really tired of this WX pattern.
Quoting 12. RobDaHood:


Wouldn't doubt it! And more to come.
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14. Beachfoxx
4:10 AM GMT on August 17, 2013
SB,

it has been a very strange year...
Over 30 inches of rain in July.
I lost track this month, but I would guess 8 inches and the forecast is for approx. 7 inches this weekend.

I feel like I beginning to mildew..... Truly would enjoy some sunshine!
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13. SBKaren
12:27 AM GMT on August 14, 2013
Wettest year since 1895..

and we've had the coolest August since 19something (can't remember the date, but it was a long, long time ago!)

Quote from our weather forecaster this morning:
While today's high will just reach into the low 80s downtown, that will be a big change as it has been more than two and a half weeks since we saw an 80 degree reading (And it's August!). Low clouds this morning will burn off for hazy sunshine. Warmer for the end of the week.
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12. RobDaHood
11:55 PM GMT on August 13, 2013
Quoting 11. Beachfoxx:
Wettest year since 1895..


Wouldn't doubt it! And more to come.
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11. Beachfoxx
11:17 PM GMT on August 13, 2013
Wettest year since 1895..
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10. Beachfoxx
2:13 AM GMT on July 10, 2013
Rob, we saw real sunshine today! First time in over a week!

Shore,
Interesting article, this breach in the ICW was quite unexpected, torrential rains created a mess, breached the levee. Lots of flooding in the area.

And now we watch Chantal....
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9. RobDaHood
2:05 AM GMT on July 10, 2013
Quoting 7. Beachfoxx:
All is good, now watching Chantal.... WX never stops, does it? LoL

Yep!
Last thing I need is more rain. Called Mom tonight and she said we got another 1/2 inch today.

Nice light show here on Treasure Island tonight.
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8. Beachfoxx
2:03 AM GMT on July 10, 2013
Hi Shore!
As far as I know the ICW is still closed... If we needed to get to PCB, by boat We would have to go by Gulf.
Quoting 6. shoreacres:
My goodness, does this bring up memories. Down at Sargent, TX, there were real fears the GOM was going to breach the dunes and close the ICW. Here's a little article about the problem and the solution. I was just down there over the 4th. It's a neat area, and more isolated than you'd think. About a year and a half ago I made tracks out of there, lickety-split, when I found some fresh bobcat tracks. ;)

Hope your holiday was great and hope they get the problem taken care of as lickety-split as possible!
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7. Beachfoxx
2:01 AM GMT on July 10, 2013
All is good, now watching Chantal.... WX never stops, does it? LoL
Quoting 5. RobDaHood:
You okay Foxxy?

Hope you don't have to climb into the boat!
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6. shoreacres
2:08 AM GMT on July 08, 2013
My goodness, does this bring up memories. Down at Sargent, TX, there were real fears the GOM was going to breach the dunes and close the ICW. Here's a little article about the problem and the solution. I was just down there over the 4th. It's a neat area, and more isolated than you'd think. About a year and a half ago I made tracks out of there, lickety-split, when I found some fresh bobcat tracks. ;)

Hope your holiday was great and hope they get the problem taken care of as lickety-split as possible!
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5. RobDaHood
1:12 AM GMT on July 08, 2013
You okay Foxxy?

Hope you don't have to climb into the boat!
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4. Beachfoxx
12:48 PM GMT on July 06, 2013
yes, there was a tornado, hit near sunset beach. Several waterspouts spotted in and around Destin... We get some pretty interesting WX around here. All the rain has caused the water to rise in the bay and more rain in the way.
Quoting 3. opal92nwf:
I heard that there was a tornado/waterspout that damaged some homes in Destin and went over Choctawhatchee Bay. It seemed like as soon as I left Niceville, they got all the exciting weather. lol
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3. opal92nwf
4:02 AM GMT on July 06, 2013
I heard that there was a tornado/waterspout that damaged some homes in Destin and went over Choctawhatchee Bay. It seemed like as soon as I left Niceville, they got all the exciting weather. lol
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2. Beachfoxx
3:57 AM GMT on July 06, 2013
Bugg, we are soggy, for sure. At least 13 inches at our house & more on the way.... Flooding all around us. We are good, no flooding at the homestead, bay is way up.
It's a real mess.
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1. palmettobug53
11:43 PM GMT on July 05, 2013
Foxx, that sure sounds like a mess. Nothing like a ton of rain to create havoc.
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