Bay County Flooding

By: Kristina Hamilton, WJHG-TV
By: Kristina Hamilton, WJHG-TV

Even though Hurricane Ike is hundreds of miles away and never even touched our coast, it's still creating big problems.

In Bay County, some people woke-up to find flood waters rolling up into their yards.

And, that flooding kept some from leaving their homes.

Severe surf conditions in the Gulf, kids wading through knee deep water and a couple trapped in their flooded home; all consequences of Hurricane Ike, which never even touched Bay County.

The combination of Thursday morning's extreme high tide and Ike's storm surge sent more than a foot of water to many low lying areas of Bay County.

Callaway Resident Deidra Nichols said, "Well, we knew from neighbors that it would get bad, but we didn't think it would get this bad."

Instead of rushing off to work, some residents in the southern parts of Callaway found themselves prisoners in their homes.

And, people aren't the only ones stranded in their homes; in the low lying areas of Callaway behind saturated woods is a litter of kittens that can be heard meowing.

Callaway City Commissioner George Smith said, "It's unfortunate. I feel awfully sorry for these people. They spent a lot of money on these homes. These are high dollar homes; of course if you’re gonna’ live near the water, these are some of the things that are gonna’ happen from time to time."

The northwest parts of Lynn Haven were also victimized by Ike.

Drains over-flowed near the old 5th Street ballparks, sending water into nearby neighborhoods.

Again, some residents were trapped in their homes.

Downtown Panama City saw it's share of problems.

In the middle of the morning rush hour St. Andrews Bay rose up and over the sea walls at Cherry Street and Beach Drive.

Just over the Hathaway Bridge behind the K-Mart on Big Daddy Drive, another neighborhood endured flooding of its own.

Commissioner Smith concluded, “But there's nothing we can do; it's an act of God and we can't prepare for it.”

The good news is the tide is going back out, so the standing water is slowly receding.

Callaway Mayor Ken Meer's yard and home were flooded.

Just like everyone else, he says the only thing he can do is wait for the water to return from where it came.

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