PENSACOLA, Fla. – Small boats were used to evacuate about 100 people Friday from a Pensacola apartment complex flooded by heavy rains that raked the Florida Panhandle, including areas still recovering from last year's Hurricane Ivan (search).
The rain and flooding damaged a courthouse, caused scattered power outages, and temporarily closed roads, schools and businesses throughout a region where some drainage systems remain clogged with hurricane debris.
Eleven flights were canceled and others delayed at Pensacola Regional Airport (search), where about 14 inches of rain fell during a 30-hour period.
The Red Cross (search) opened a shelter in a church for residents evacuated from the Forest Creek apartment complex, said Escambia County emergency management spokeswoman Sonya Smith. The complex, in a low area, was inundated by 2 to 4 feet of water.
Shelters also were opened east of Pensacola in Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties in case additional evacuations were required as rivers and creeks hit flood stage.
Part of the roof caved in at Pensacola's M.C. Blanchard Judicial Building, which was damaged by Ivan in September.