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Black Creek dodges flooding rains

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Updated: 6/06/2013 11:50 pm

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- As Tropical Storm Andrea dumped rain on Clay County, many worried another flood was coming.

Black Creek homeowner Jerry Howell took every precaution with the storm. Black Creek flooded just last month, and neighbors here are still cleaning up.

"We just make sure we have plenty of food, plenty of water and plenty of necessities or whatever we need and we hope it doesn't crest."

Howell was one of hundreds who stopped by the Main Street boat ramp in Middleburg to watch the waters rise Thursday.

Miles away, Clay County Emergency Manager Chief Lorin Mock was watching, too.

"It's certainly not like what we've seen over the past few events."

While flooding is still possible in the area overnight and into Friday, so far the rains haven't been as bad as predicted. But Mock says the community can't afford to take chances.

"There's a fine line between calling wolf too many times and letting them know, but I think that most of the veterans of those flood would want to at least have the information and be prepared."

While many communities are just now preparing for what could be a busy storm season, Mock says the folks at Black Creek are ready. The emergency operations team also conducted a hurricane preparedness drill in May.

"I pretty well feel we got the ebb and flow and that type of battle rhythm set up, so if we had to do it for a landfall event coming in from the Atlantic, we should be ready."

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