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Black Creek clogged?

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Updated: 5/06/2013 8:47 pm
MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Flood cleanup is in full swing in Middleburg with the Red Cross handing out free cleanup kits to homeowners with a big, muddy mess on their hands.

Homeowner Iris Hill described her house as, "Just nasty.  Muck left there, so we're trying to get all that out."

Homeowners on the South Prong of Black Creek took the brunt of this latest storm, which they say is unusual.  "For us to have gotten knee deep water upstairs, there's got to be something blocked off somewhere," said Josue Sanchez.

He and his neighbors worry January's $84,000 creek cleanup didn't work.  A neighbor known only as "The Batman" said, "People have been saying that after Debbie happened down the creek over here, the debris and stuff piled up and nothing was ever done for it. So now, we have this backage."

Action News took their concerns to EOC Chief Lorin Mock.  "I'd be very surprised if there was any type of blockage in the creek that would have done it," said EOC Chief Lorin Mock.  "I think that you can look at the data pretty effectively, and see it as a pretty significant rain event."

Chief Mock said he can understand why homeowners think something is out of the ordinary.  But he says this storm was something out of the ordinary. "I think the difference was the location and intensity of the rain event."

Damage assessment teams hit the ground Monday. They'll probably be working through Wednesday to get an accurate idea of just how much money it's going to take to clean up this mess.

If you live on Black Creek, and a team hasn't been to your home, report your damage by calling (904) 284-7703.
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