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Flooding leads to state of emergency in Taylor County

Posted at 4:23 AM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 04:23:46-04

TAYLOR COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — In Steinhatchee, people are taking refuge once again Sunday night at the elementary school after water forced them out of their homes.

And emergency management reinstated the curfew.

Some now are worried it's going to get worse.

Captain Jimmy Cash with Taylor County says that Steinhatchee has received about 28 inches of rain in the past few days.

To make sure people stay safe, the county issued a curfew from 10 pm until dawn.

The coastal areas in Steinhatchee are currently experiencing the worst flooding.

That's why a shelter is now open for families at Steinhatchee Elementary School.

As more rain is expected in the area, Cash wants to make sure people take precautions before hitting the road.

"Make your travel plans accordingly, look at the weather, obey the street signs. If it says do not continue, turn around. We have a simple slogan turn around don't drown," said Captain Jimmy Cash.

So far, deputies have only had to rescue an elderly woman. She is expected to be okay.

Emergency Services is also giving out sandbags to people in Perry.

Those can be found at the Taylor County Road Department, 587 East 27.