FREEPORT, Fla. - THIS STORY IS FROM 2015 AND IS BEING SHARED ACROSS SOCIAL MEDIA IN 2018. THIS IS NOT A CURRENT STORY.
Walton County has declared a local state of emergency after an unusually large amount of rain causes problem areas across the county - including standing water and washed out roads.
Alaqua Creek in Freeport flooded several homes, submerging the community in shock.
"At 5 a.m., it was barely over the top of my foot," said Angel Reese, a resident of Johns Lane. "Within an hour, it was up to my knee. Within a few hours, it's gone to this."
Reese and her husband kayaked down the road just to reach Highway 20. Just across the bridge, Ronald Bogdahn salvaged one of his vehicles from the water.
"We've had a hurricane about ten years ago, but nothing like this," said Bogdahn.
At first, he said the water was not so much a problem, but now it has consumed his property and his time.
"I didn't think when I woke up it would be this bad, and you know, it just seems like the water right now is just rising higher and higher," said Bogdahn.
"Throughout the entire county, there has been a number of roads that are underwater and have sustained some damage, including over in the south end," said Jeff Goldberg, the Director for Walton County Emergency Management.
Multiple agencies including the Sheriff's Office and the county have been working to assess the damage done and to begin fixing some of those problem areas.
"If people do have water in the home, we want to know about it. We want to keep a tally on that and see if it's eligible for any federal reimbursement," said Goldberg.
While residents in Alaqua Creek have yet to see water in their homes, it's still a major problem that isn't going away just yet.
"As far as like right now, I mean what can I do, you know? Just got to hope for the best and hopefully it subsides," said Bogdahn.
If you need any help at all, the Sheriff's Office asks that you call their non-emergency line at 850-892-8111.
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