Black Creek floods yet again, homeowners concerned

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- The recent storms and rains have caused Black Creek to overflow and reach flood stage.

The creek continued to rise on Saturday.

In some cases the water has reached inside several homes and threatened others.

Flood stage along Black Creek is 16-feet, and Saturday morning it was over 18-feet. 

Some of the docks are completely underwater, but unfortunately for some homeowners, water was already in their homes.

Colin Barton's house, which sits between Black Creek and John Boy Creek, had several inches of water inside one of the bedrooms. 

Barton's friend, Steven Wilson, was there to help his friend salvage what they could.

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Black Creek rising waters

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Residents living on Black Creek in Clay County are getting more concerned each hour the rain continues. 

 

Black Creek resident to ride out flooding

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Colin Barton's creekside property has turned into lakefront property.

His stepping stones are now three feet under water and his patio set
is floating in water after two days worth of rain.

"I thought about putting sandbags and things like that but as fast as the water moves, I didn't see the point."

RELATED: Friday road closures, conditions and incidents

Instead, Barton and two of his friends spent Friday afternoon moving his jet skis to the front of the house in hopes they wouldn't float away.

The 23-year-old has only lived along Black Creek for four months
and while this is his first time experiencing a flood, he said he's not leaving until there's water in his house.

Soil test reveals toxic substance near Clay County school

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Dayna Yamin, a Middleburg mom, said she's concerned about the findings of the environmental group Earth Justice.

"It is just concerning that people don't know and their kids are playing in this stuff," said Yamin.

Her son is too young for elementary school, but Yamin said her concern is for every child in her Clay County community.

"Since children are walking on those paths, parents need to be notified," she said.

Yamin is reacting to a report from Earth Justice and Clean Water Action Florida, two environmental groups.

In March, the groups tested the soil near the paths around J.L. Wilkinson Elementary. Lisa Evans, attorney and former EPA employee, is with Earth Justice.

"We know that EZbase is sometimes not covered and it can contain toxic metals," said Evans, "We wanted to make sure that was not the situation around this school."

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Clay County officials monitoring weather conditions

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. - Officials in Clay County monitored weather conditions Friday, as rain falls across the county.

Officials in Clay County released a statement Friday detailing plans to continue monitoring rainfall and changing weather conditions throughout the weekend.

According to Clay County Fire Rescue roadways might be blocked, ground saturation levels could cause trees to fall, debris could be on roadways and power lines could be down. Additionally low-lying areas may experience additional flooding tonight and over the next 48-hours.

Roadways which may be closed or impassable:

Penney Farms area:
• Morton St.
• Caroline St.
• Clark St.
• Wilbanks St.
• Hoffman St.

Green Cove Springs:
• 209N/739B

Fleming Island:
• Floyd St.

Keystone/McRae area:
• Sharron Road
• Blanding Blvd. near Dade Road

Woman wanted for battery, burglary charges

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. - The Clay County Sheriff's Office hopes to locate a suspect on their most wanted list.

Jessica Morissa Morre-Wells, 21, is wanted for battery charges that allegedly occurred during a robbery, according to a Facebook post by the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Moore-Wells is described as 5-feet-4-inches tall and weighs 124 pounds, according to the CCSO.

Moore-Wells last known address is on the 2200 block of County Road 220 in Middleburg.

Anyone who has any information in regards to the location of Moore-Wells is asked to contact the Clay County Sheriff's Office at 904-264-6512.

Middleburg Police Blotter - May 2013

No police reports at this time.