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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.

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.

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

500 buildings in Clay have experienced water damage

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Early estimates show at least 500 buildings, most of them homes, sustained water damage from Tropical Storm Debby.

Clay County Fire Chief Lorin Mock says only one person was injured when a ceiling gave way in an Orange Park home. Mock noted the injuries were minor.

One visible sign of damage is on County Road 218, where a bridge collapsed Tuesday night.

Pubilc Works Director Jeff Beck says the goal is to have the bridge repaired in two weeks. People who live in Clay Hill will find their commute to be a little longer until the work is done.

Clay County Sheriff Rick Bessler says 90 people were rescued from record flooding on Black Creek. Most of the rescues involved Girl Scouts attending a summer camp.

Breaker reminded Black Creek homeowners who want to leave their homes should do so before dark. At night, Bessler says, deputies face bigger challenges as rescues are riskier.

Voluntary evacuations underway for homeowners near Black Creek

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- A voluntary evacuation notice is in effect for people in Clay County living near the Black Creek.  The creek is more than five feet above flood stage and is continuing to rise.

There is currently a shelter open at Middleburgh High School on County Road 220.

 Homeowners along Black Creek know a lot about flooding, and Tropical Storm Debby has their attention.

RELATED: Florida Gov. Rick Scott declares statewide emergency

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