Coastal Flooding Concerns

By: Valerie Lacy
By: Valerie Lacy

Construction workers thought they could get another day in before the storm hit, but it didn't turn out that way. They were stranded on top of the building, waiting for a moment to evacuate the job site.

Construction debris blew in the wind like tissue. A canoe didn't fare well; the owner said by the time he got to it, it was buried in water and sand. Residents all along the beach are nervous because only two weeks into the season, the U.S. coast is hit again.

CAPT Jim Griner of the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office said, "We're expecting somewhere in the neighborhood of plus ten feet of storm surge. You add that on the storm surge we have coming in and the high tide with a full moon, it's really got us concerned about what we could be facing."

Butch Baker, Jr., Franklin County Emergency Management Director, said, "Once we have a full fledged tropical storm of a hurricane category 1, if you're in the county you're staying here cause you can't get out and no one can get in. That is one reason we do not have hurricane risk shelters in Franklin County, because if I put somebody in a shelter and they have a medical emergency and have to get to a hospital, they're dead."

While inmates prepare sandbags for the storm, homes here are still rebuilding from Hurricane Dennis. The phrase of the day is, “Here we go again.”

Franklin County is asking its residents to evacuate to Gadsden or Leon Counties for shelter. Several living right on 98 said they weren't going anywhere, just hunkering down and riding the storm out.


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