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Waiting for Fay

August 22nd, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

Tropical Storm Fay continues to move across the Florida Panhandle at a snails pace.
As Mike Vasilinda tells us, the storm has left virtually no part of Florida untouched.

Inmates at the Wakulla County jail have been filling sandbags for two days.

So far more than 4,000 of these bags have been filled and picked up by residents.

Early Friday, people were lining up in the rain for the 40 pound bags.

Im going to put it in front of my door, maybe my back door too, Wakulla resident Pat Ross said. Just try to keep the water from coming in.

The governor, who toured the coastal county, thanked emergency workers and the inmates.

In a time of need, weve got to all pull together, Governor Crist said. Everybody deserves a second chance. Thank you very much and God Bless.

Three years ago, the 70-year-old Bo Lin grocery store in St. Marks was flooded when Hurricane Dennis produced a surprising 10 foot flood surge. Fay is expected to push tides three feet above normal. Store owner Joy Brown is hoping for the best.

If we see its starting to get bad, well start putting everything up as high as we can, just as we did when Dennis came through here. I hope it doesnt get like that, Brown said.

As many as 2,000 homes in Florida have already been flooded. By the time Fay is done, she will have left no part of the state untouched.

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