Damage in Mashes Sands

Eight hours before Hurricane Dennis hit Pensacola, a Wakulla County neighborhood 150 miles away was already flooded.

Residents of Mashes Sands Road say they took all precautions, but it was not enough to save their belongings.

Paul Earnhart says, "Everything on the entire ground floor, in spite of having put everything on upright blocks, it still went a foot or more above that."

Residents say water came up to five feet high, destroying or damaging everything in its path.

The Johnsons were out of town during the storm.

Richard Johnson says, "We came back, we talked to our neighbors. They said everything was flooded. The neighbors on this street lost six cars. They had to carry kids out on their shoulders in chest-deep water in the middle of the night, just a big mess."

The piles on the sides of the roads are evidence that homes were completely destroyed.

Richard adds, "Anything below 40 inches is gone: washers, dryers, dish washers, refrigerators, clothing, books, you name it.”

Residents say the flood lasted about 12 to 14 hours. They say they're used to storms but never have they seen water that high or last that long.

Wakulla County sheriff's deputies are standing guard at Mashes Sands and Surf Roads to keep looters away.