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Sopchoppy Picking Up the Pieces After Tropical Storm Debby

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

Sopchoppy, Florida June 27, 2012-

"It was about that deep in rain water," said Sopchoppy resident Keith Grumbley as he put his hand up just below his knee.

Grumbley lives close to the Sopchoppy river, which crested at record levels thanks to Tropical Storm Debby.

"Saw the water tearing down that bridge down there, I was really concerned," explained Grumbley.

The Sopchoppy river spilled over its banks and flowed down his street. His house was spared, but his friend in another part of town was not so lucky.

"He said 'well the river's in the house now."

Just down the street, the city park still remains mostly under water. Next to the bridge on Highway 375, a house is up to it's windows with Sopchoppy River water. That house and Grumbley's are on the same elevation.

"I consider myself very lucky that I didn't lose everything because I thought this was going to be totally underwater over here," said Grumbley.

The damage was so vast and impressive, Connie Bryan said she had to stop and take pictures.

"My house is currently in Wakulla County, and Monday night when we drove through Crawfordville, it was just unbelievable," said Bryan as she was describing seeing everything under water.

Grumbley believes that this has better prepared him for the future.

"Nobody thought this was going to hit over here and I didn't know if I should have evacuated, next time I will evacuate."


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