Gov. Rick Scott declares Florida Panhandle a state of emergency

Severe flooding hits northern Florida as storms move through

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Rick Scott declares a state of emergency due to severe flooding from the Panhandle as far east as Alachua and Columbia Counties that has left one person dead.

Emergency crews had to cut through the roofs of homes to rescue people in Pensacola on Wednesday after nearly 2 feet of water fell on the Panhandle in the span of about 26 hours.

The flood ripped down fences and attacked brick walls, wiping a two-story home off its foundation on Bayou Boulevard, where the kitchen was falling out of the house.

Bridges and roads were also wiped out.

Frances Wilkinson lives on Piedmont road, where entire cars were under water.

"This ranging water going down our street has been going on since early this morning and it doesn't seem to be stopping," she said.

According to the National Weather Service, on Tuesday night, close to six inches of rain fell on Pensacola in just one hour.

By Wednesday morning, some neighbors were up to their chests in water.

Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency as crews work to repair wash outs along Interstate10.

Escambia County will begin a full inspection of roads, bridges and other infrastructure early Thursday morning.

"I've lived here 30 years, never seen anything like this before," Wilkinson said. "We've been through hurricanes. This is worse than any hurricane."

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