FLOODING IN WASHINGTON COUNTY FORCING RESIDENTS OUT OF THEIR HOMES

Since hurricane Michael, the panhandle has seen tremendous amounts of rain. With all of the downed trees blocking the flow of creeks and rivers and the extra rainfall, residents are seeing standing water in places it’s never been before. On Rolling Pines Road in the Sunny Hills area, residents are having to relocate because of flooding. Some said, it might be worse than what they faced during the hurricane. “We lost a lot of stuff but we had some help to get some of the main items out,” said Don Fendley, Washington County Resident. “Our clothes out, we got the refrigerator out, we got the freezer out, and a lot of other stuff that we could get out by boat.” Fendley said, right after hurricane Michael, the flooding began. Since it’s only gotten higher and higher. He said the water is at least a foot inside his home and he and his family have given up on it. “I don’t know if I’m going back down there or not. I don’t know if there’s anything else worth going down there, because the tile is coming off of the floor. The floor is getting weak,” said Fendley. “It could be a dangerous situation being in something like that.” Fendley said, while his property is completely flooded, he’s not the only one with issues. “But I’m not the only one suffering. It’s people that live behind me that when that road floods completely, how are they going to get out,” said Fendley. So far, the community hasn’t had any relief thanks to continuous rain. “I got a call from Rubio’s office yesterday asking us if we still needed help and I said, yeah,” Fendley said. “We’re basically at a total loss and they said they were working on it. FEMA told us they were working on it. So, I guess all that stuff takes time. It can’t happen over night I guess.” Officials with Washington County Emergency Management said they are offering sandbags and sand to those who might still need them. But the rest will have to wait on mother nature.

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