Pensacola Fire Chief Ginny Cranor said her city was inundated with water.
“We had 30 inches of rain in Pensacola — 30 plus inches of rain — which is four months of rain in four hours at some point,” Cranor said to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
Cranor said a portion of Pensacola’s Three Mile Bridge sustained significant damage during the storm. Work on the bridge is “just being completed,” she said and “unfortunately I'm hearing now that this bridge may be closed for a month or more.”
“A crane fell into the bridge, we had a few barges that came loose and also ran into the bottom of the bridge, so we'll have major repairs on the bridge and also some structural engineering work that will need to take place before it opens again,” she explained.
Cranor said rescue teams are moving from response mode to recovery mode, as tonight’s curfew gets underway.
“There's a lot of electrical hazards, a lot of hazards just with the instability of the roads, so we need people to stay off the roads and give us these three days to recover and assess the damage,” she said.