Wakulla County Flood Victims Rescued by Boat

Wakulla County, Florida -June 26, 2012

Many residents in Wakulla County were awakened before daybreak to knocks on doors and emergency phone calls.

The message was to evacuate.

About a mile stretch of Donaldson-Williams Road in Wakulla County is under water. Folks who live in this area say they've haven't seen anything like this in decades.

"Is there any way to get back to your house? By boat." said LaSheryl Webster and that's exactly how the Webster Family escaped.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission rescued them from their home by boat early Tuesday morning.

Said Webster, "I have dealt with this when I was younger. But, just being back and my mom saying get up, the water has risen, it's in the yard, was just nerve-wracking. So, the first thing I thought was to start grabbing clothes, grabbing my important documents and trying to get out to get to higher ground."

A traffic sign on Donaldson-Williams Road was almost covered to the top by floodwater.

Residents say it normally would take four or five days for the water to get that high; but this flooding happened in a matter of six to seven hours.

Said Webster's teenage daughter, "I'm thankful that we're all safe because it could've been worse. We could've woke up at the wrong time and it could've been in the house. But, luckily we made it out."

Al Donaldson says water was up to his neck. But, it didn't stop him from trying to help neighborhood kids.

Said Donaldson "They actually couldn't get out. They'd been yelling for help for a while. So, I waded through the water to get to them."

Sheriff's deputies are visiting the flooded areas to check on residents and to try to prevent looting.

Crawfordville residents have reported that they were told anyone experiencing power outages should have electricity restored by Wednesday morning.

The owners of one Wakulla County home have seen that practically all of their five aces of land are under water.

Jennifer Walker found floodwater was nowhere near her home on Smokehouse Road in Wakulla County Monday night, but by Tuesday morning water was waist-high.

Walker said a Wakulla County sheriff's deputy woke her family up around 2:30 to let them know they needed to evacuate.

The family tried to save what they could. But, with water reaching the front door's door knob, that wasn't much.

"I'm in shock right now--in total shock. I haven't let it destroy me yet. My husband's the same way. We are both very distraught. It is very hard to see everything you've worked for in a matter of seven hours be completely ruined."

Walker said they've been able to salvage their refrigerator, freezer, washer, and dryer. She says everything else is ruined.

The Walkers do not have flood insurance. They were told they didn't need it because their property is 22 feet above flood stage.

(Picture is of a Wakulla home- courtesy of viewer, Gabrielle)


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