Wakulla County feeling aftermath of Alberto

Wakulla County feeling aftermath of Alberto
Wakulla County feeling aftermath of Alberto
Posted at 1:50 PM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 13:57:10-04

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - The flood waters are down in Wakulla County, but the damage left behind is still an issue. 

This kind of flooding was a shocking sight, but it's something the people here in Saint Marks have seen many times before. 

"We've seen worse, definitely worse than this. This is kind of mild," said Kyle Garner, who lives in St. Marks. 

Garner and his family have lived in St. Marks for seven years. Instead of running for higher ground, they ride their bikes and ATV through the flood water when the river rushes into downtown. 

Still, that doesn't mean the people here are numb to Alberto's effects. 

"There are some houses that are definitely underwater, boats that are definitely damaged," said Garner. "We've definitely got some damage down here, a lot of clean up." 

At it's worst, Alberto knocked down two dozen trees, took down a few power lines, and flooded a handful of roads in Wakulla County on Monday.

Randall Taylor, Wakulla County's Emergency Management Director, says his agency wasn't expecting this much damage.  

"The flooding's been a little more than we had in Hermine. (That was) probably about three inches, we're looking at about five and a half, almost six inches of flood surge," said Taylor. "We were forecasting for two to four, but there's about five and a half feet."  

Despite the wild weather, wind, and soggy front lawns, people here say living in St. Marks is worth it. 

"When this goes away and the weekends get here and you live in paradise, you couldn't ask for anything better," said Garner.