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Black Creek Falls: Damage Revealed

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Updated: 5/06/2013 8:23 am
MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Josue Sanchez has to wade through knee-deep water, to get to his home on Black Creek.  He and his family have lost a lot this weekend. "The sheet rock, flooring, furniture, clothes.  Pretty much everything," he said.

He lives on the South Prong, an area usually spared from flooding when the creek spills its banks.  But this time, he says the creek got so high, so quickly, the second floor of his home filled with water.  "The house has been in our family for 50 years, and it's never flooded upstairs."

While Sanchez worked to save what he could, Clay County emergency crews were out doing preliminary damage assessments.

EOC Chief Lorin Mock said, "South Prong was at almost historic flooding levels.  You talk to people who have lived here 30, 40 years, they've never seen it like this."

It'll be morning before the county can start to tally the damage totals.  In the meantime, Sanchez has to figure out what his next move will be.  "We actually have some friends that are helping us out.  We're going to end up just probably trying to stay around here and start rebuilding," he said.

A State of Emergency is still in effect, mainly so the county can bring in the manpower it needs to assess damage. 

But, there's another worry.  FEMA aid is only available if the state or federal governments declare an emergency.  If the damage assessment totals aren't high enough to qualify, homeowners with flood damage might not get any help with repair costs.

Those damage assessments are set to begin at 8am Monday morning.
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Truthseeker - 5/6/2013 5:01 AM
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It is terrible that the people along Black Creek are losing so much. It is even more terrible that they live on a creek that floods almost annualy and they can't afford or won't buy the insurance necessary to cover their losses, nor do they have enough sense to move. It is even more terrible that because of their negligence, we the taxpayers have to fund their recovery. I can see aiding people in an emergency, but a flood that happens with some regularity is not an emergency.
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