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Getting ready for more flooding from Black Creek

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Updated: 8/18/2009 7:13 pm
CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- It's something folks living near black creek are pretty accustomed to, flooding. The area flooded back in May, but they're getting ready for more flooding this week.

It only rained a little on Tuesday, but water is already making puddles. "We'll be swimming in our front yard before it's all said and done," said Amanda Sturdivent.

Sturdivent is getting used to the flooding. "Our road washes out and becomes part of our neighbors property," said Sturdivent.

But getting flooding year after year doesn't make it any easier to deal with. "It's hard to get in and out of our road," said Sturdivent.

That's what happened here in the spring. The roads were all flooded and it took days for the water to recede. "It's quite amazing to see neighbors canoing from homes," said Sturdivent.

The community keeps track on a pole of how high the creek rises. Even though county crews try to clean out drains and put road closed signs up, the creek will still flood.

But it won't wash away people like Amanda. "I have wonderful neighbors. I'll never move. I'll deal with the water," she said.

Public works crews were cleaning out the drains Tuesday, to help make the water drain more quickly.
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