Washington County Residents Still Dealing With Flooding

By: WJHG
By: WJHG

WJHG-- It's been more than three months since a huge storm front dropped as much as 20 inches in some parts of the Panhandle.

Some Washington County residents are still dealing with the aftermath. Some plan to go over the heads of local officials, straight to the governor.

Closed roads and flooded yards have become a way of life for some Washington County residents.

They've been enduring the damages and hardship since heavy rains and flooding in late April and early May. County officials say the worst is over.

"We're back to regular maintenance trying to get them back to like they were pre-disaster. All the roads are back open, except for one," Johnny Evans, Washington County Public Works Supervisor, said.

But Don Fendley says the problems on Rolling Pines Road and Childress Lane are far from over.

"The rain we had two weeks ago on Friday night, brought it back up considerably from where it was," Fenley said.

Fendley believes the water in his yard has gone up another five inches.

The county placed a state owned water pump in the neighborhood in May, but removed it about two weeks.

"It had pretty much done all it could do here, and with the risk of running it overnight and the water table going down to where the pump couldn't pump, we didn't wanna burn up the states pump."

Finley says the water is coming from a spring near his sons homes. Since losing the pump, this section of Childress Lane is completely flooded, and his son was forced from his home.

"The drive way and the trailer is completely surrounded."

"How long did that process take?"

"Two weeks, because after they pulled that pump it didn't take long for that to come back up."

Evans says the water table will have to go down on its own, before the standing water will begin to recede.

Fendley plans to approach Governor Rick Scott during this weekend's Opossum Festival in Wausau.


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