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Wakulla County battles flooding after Tropical Storm Sally

Posted at 5:38 PM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 23:20:11-04

SOPCHOPPY, Fla. (WTXL) — Communities in Wakulla are left with major flooding and rising waters, feeling of the impact after Sally dumped heavy rain earlier this week.

Now those in the area are worried future storms could cause more flooding.

Dominick Ortiz and his friend Julian live in their RV off the Sopchoppy River.

"It really didn't stop at all for like three days straight," said Ortiz.

They say rain from Sally had some people nervous about them staying in the City Park area but they decided to hunker down there.

"A bunch of water started rising up though and if you try to walk down the regular bird trail there's no way to walk through," Ortiz said. "Everything's flooded."

Although they fared well, areas like Parson Lane has become part of the Sopchoppy.

At least one home is completely surrounded by water after Wakulla County saw over eight inches of rain from Sally.

Sopchoppy Mayor Lara Edwards says floodwaters made their way into some people's backyards.

"She's definitely high," said Edwards. "As you can from behind me the floating dock is completely pitched up all the way and we do have some people who live directly on the river as opposed to set back from it and when the river gets above 28 feet it can get underneath their house or even the lower level of their house."

Thursday, the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office recorded the river had almost reached 27 feet, something that is a concern if another storm brings heavy rain soon.

"If we have one headed our way I'd hope to get a little reprieve and see the water go down before we get more rain," Edwards said.

With at least one storm in the Gulf, Edwards says they are on high alert for a bad flooding scenario and hoping for the best in the meantime.

"We're watching it and hoping it will definitely come down," said Edwards. "Especially before all these storms scattered about next week, they start determining where they're headed."

Along with monitoring water levels to help people decide if they should leave their homes, WCSO asks if you do come across flooded roadways do not attempt to drive through them, it is a safety hazard.