Flooding continues on the Ochlockonee River

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By: Charles Roop, Brittany Bedi | WCTV Pinpoint Weather
December 5, 2018

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- It’s typically a quiet and serene drive through the rural, northern part of Leon County – miles away from the bustling traffic of the city. But since Tuesday, there is a new sound rolling through County Road 12 and Fairbanks Ferry Court: Running water.

The water level from the Ochlockonee River has increased since Tuesday, bringing water very close to the southern shoulder of the two-lane highway and flooding parts of the intersection of Fairbanks Ferry Court.

Highway 12 was closed Wednesday morning from the intersection to the Gadsden County side of the river.

The water was also getting close to some homes and a business down the road from the river. A section of fencing along the southern side of the road was almost submerged. Even a snake tried to cross the road to escape the flooding.

Gordon Wash, who lives near the river, tried to cross but was stopped by the road block. It may look bad now, but he said that it has been worse before.

"Oh, sure. It's been all up here. You couldn't even get your car here,” Wash said while sitting in his truck. “There's a store right by down here. It's been up over the ice boxes in there."

But, he said it would be a long drive around just to get back home.

“I have got to go all the way to Pine Hill and around or I’ve got to go all the way back to Tallahassee,” Wash said.

The National Weather Service expects the river level to increase a little bit more before it's all said and done. They have left the warning at County Road 12 in place until further notice. Those who frequent the highway should plan a different route and allow for extra time.

As a reminder, it’s important to not cross flooded roadways. Instead, just turn around and find an alternate route.

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