Sopchoppy, FL ---- June 26, 2012
With the Sopchoppy River overflowing, residents and emergency officials in the city of Sopchoppy are now concerned about two major bridges that are 70 and 40 years old.
"This is unlike anything we've ever seen before," said Sopchoppy city commissioner Anginita Rosier.
The river running through town has reached record levels thanks to Debby. The flooding has taken out homes and roadways and now threatens the two bridges in Sopchoppy.
"It's not used to this big of a flood," said Wakulla County Administrator David Edwards. "This is a first flood that we've had like this since we've been keeping records."
Governor Rick Scott took a tour of the damage in Wakulla County and made a promise to victims of flooding.
"This is a community that's going to rebuild but we got to take care of these families that have been, their lives have been completely changed," said Scott
The river isn't just impacting the only two bridges headed into town. It's flooded the Myron B. Hodge park here in city of Sopchoppy.
The park is supposed to host the annual Fourth of July celebration next week. That might not be the case if the waters levels don't go down.
"I've never seen what it is doing here," said city commissioner Richard Harden. "I've seen it several times where it's been up about level with the bank but there's never been a time where I've seen it come this far."
Even when the Sopchoppy river recedes, engineers and FDOT workers will need to inspect the bridges before they reopen.
Photo submitted by viewer, Susan.