CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- The blue sky was a welcome sight on Wednesday afternoon. But now that the rain from what was Tropical Storm Debby is over, flooding and sinkholes are a concern.
"This is the worst I've seen and I've heard this is the worst in 100 years," says Ramona Gnann.
Gnann has lived along Black Creek for 56 years. She and her husband raised three children in the home, which is now surrounded by water.
"I'm afraid it's going to take a long time until all this wet stuff is gone," says Gnann.
Black Creek crested at 25.1 feet on Wednesday, just short of the record. Water from the creek spilled over into several neighborhoods, leaving some homes almost completely underwater. The Clay County Sheriff's Office reports that more than 300 homes were damaged by floodwater. They had to help around 90 people and several animals from flooded homes.
On Thursday morning, teams of emergency management officials will be going door to door to assess the damage to homes in the Knightboxx Road area, Tanglewood and Greenwood subdivisions, Southern Orange Park, Aquarius Concourse and Arora Blvd., off Blanding Blvd. in northern Orange Park and the Bellair area, north of Kingsley Avenue.
Aside from flooding, road conditions are also a concern. People living on the west side of a giant sinkhole on County Road 218 have to take a detour to get to and from their homes.