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Heavy rains flood homes, jail in Fla. PanhandleHeavy rains flood homes, jail in Fla. Panhandle as residents flee to shelters, brace for more
MIAMI (AP) ' Officials in the Florida Panhandle are assessing the damage after floodwaters from torrential rains damaged homes and closed roads.
A few hundred inmates at the Escambia County Jail were without power and air conditioning after the rains left more than 5 feet of water in the bottom floor. Extra deputies were brought in to beef up security.
The parking lot of the sheriff's office was completely flooded, leaving some patrol cars and other fleet vehicles with water up to the hood. Homes and businesses also had several feet of water inside. Authorities have not released a dollar amount for the damage but anticipate it will be significant.
More than 100 residents spent Saturday night in three Red Cross shelters in Escambia County.
Heavy flooding also was seen in Alabama, leaving the city of Mobile under a flash flood watch.
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