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Hikers Rescued After Bring Trapped by Rising Flood Waters
01/21/10 - 02:11 PM
WMBB News Department
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Two hikers that were trapped by flood waters in the Woodlawn Community south of DeFuniak Springs on Highway 331 have been rescued. News 13’s Allyson Walker reports that law enforcement officials have rescued the hikers. Law enforcement officials from the Freeport Fire Department, Florida Fish and Wildlife, The Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Air Force are working the situation.

The hikers were cut off by fast-moving and rising flood waters. One of the hikers was trapped in a tree. Both are uninjured.

According to WZEP radio in Defuniak Springs, the hikers were along the Florida Scenic Trail and took a route just west of Coy Burgess Loop. A number of the roads in the area were listed by Walton Emergency Management as having water washing over them or as being closed. The caller to 911 dispatch said he was located in a tree with waist deep water surrounding him. They were about 1000 feet southwest of the field at the end of Foreman Road. His friend was trapped on dry land. Fish & Wildlife Officers were called to assist and had trouble reaching the two. Freeport Fired Departments Water Rescue Team was also called to assist.

The location seems to be on Blount Creek, south of the DeFuniak Springs and west of Woodlawn.

Stay tuned to News 13 and to wmbb.com for more information as it becomes available.

User Comments

i live directly in front if where they were and could see the helicopters from my yard. I am glad they are alright.

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