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Flooding In Wakulla May Get Worse

August 25th, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

Just over 11 thousand insurance claims have been filed so far as a result of Tropical Storm Fay. Allstate has yet to report. About one in ten claims so far involves flood damage, but as Mike Vasilinda tells us, the number is sure to go higher.

For victims pushed from their homes by rising water, the biggest thirst is for knowledge.

No mail was being delivered along Old Magnolia Road in Wakulla County Monday.
And for Flood victims like Waldo Thomas, who ferried us on his pontoon boat, knowing whats happening doesnt make it any easier.

Im hoping that it just doesnt come up anymore, Thomas said.

As many as 50 homes along the St Marks River are underwater…or soon could be.

Right now this tide is going out, but when it reverses and starts coming in, this water is going to get even higher.

The Fish and Wildlife Commission surveyed the damage by air, while an FWC officer and a Wakulla Deputy Sheriff patrolled the swollen river, checking on people and property.

Well be patrolling the waters, to keep people from looting and all that along the waterside, FWC officer Eric Johnston said.

Like Eric said, drivers license, proof of residence where you live there, if you dont have it, you wont be getting in, Deputy Sheriff Steve Ganey said.

Life long residents of the area describe it as the worst flooding in 50 years. And the worst may be yet to come.

Heavy rains in Tallahassee today are expected to make the flooding worse.

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