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Clay County EMA says Black Creek flood waters receding

MIDDLEBURG, Fla -- Clay County remains in a local state of emergency as a result of continued flooding of homes and roadways, but emergency personnel say the flood waters are receding. 

"You're just in awe. You've seen it once, you've seen it 100 times, but even 100 times you're like wow," says Middleburg resident Rhiannon Harloff. 

Over 24 homes have been affected, over half a dozen roads have been declared completely flooded, and the rain continues.

"I just wish it would stop but it doesn't look like its ever going to," said Afton Knagge, a Middleburg resident.

As of 9:30 p.m. log readings show the North prong is down to 18.45 feet compared to 19.08 from this morning. 

The south prong is down to 17 feet from 19.71. 

The flood stage is 16 feet, but Clay County Emergency management personnel say the water is receding.

Residents were warned early Saturday morning and were asked to take precautions. 

Most of them moved their cars out to the main road and many in the area say they are used to what they call the 'creek life'.

"Oh yeah, we knew that before we even moved out there that this is the way it is," said Harloff.

Clay Electric shows less than six customers experienced power outages in the county. But all residents near the creek were warned about the flooding ahead of time.

"We've had no requests for rescue that means they were taking those actions. Many of the homes were mitigated many people chose to stay in those homes throughout the periods of excessive water and literally they can take care of their property that way," said Clay County Fire Chief Lorin Mock.

Clay EMA says only 10 to 12 calls came in from residents reporting water in their homes, but as they did preliminary surveying, officials know that number will be much higher.

"They obviously get in contact with their insurers, that's where they have damage with their cars or property, but for right now the most important thing they need to do is stay put and stay safe because we don't want them entering those flood waters until this recedes and we're really looking at late tomorrow before that takes place," said Mock.

Anyone who needs to report damage should call the county emergency operations phone bank at 904-284-7703. If you have a real crisis or emergency, officials say not to hesitate and call 911.


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