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Taylor County Emergency Management helping residents escape flood waters

Posted at 9:25 PM, Aug 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-06 22:06:59-04

STEINHATCHEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Tuesday afternoon, over five people were rescued from River Road in Steinhatchee with some parts of this road water up to four or five feet.

The Taylor County Sheriff's Office and Emergency Management have been using military-style Zodiaks the county uses for rescue efforts during hurricanes. Emergency management says there are still people in their homes refusing to leave, Taylor County does not have a mandatory evacuation right now, instead, they are letting people make the decision as to stay or go.

River Road isn't the only area in Steinhatchee that is seeing problems. All down Highway 51 homes are underwater, and heavy machinery is being used to drag out valuables like vehicles or boats.

John Louk is in charge of Emergency Management, he said the river levels should crest at 24 feet by tomorrow morning, but he's advising all residents near the area to make appropriate decisions when it comes to the record high floods.

"We just want everybody to use good judgment and to take precautions to take care of their families and don't wait until the water gets too high to try and get out," said Louk.

And for Friday night if you're in Taylor County you can pick up sandbags to help protect your home, one is at the Taylor County Road Department at 587 Highway 27 East, Perry, Fla. 32347 and the other is at the Steinhatchee Roll-Off at 29649 Beach Road, Steinhatchee, Fla. 32348.