CHIPLEY - The Washington County Board of County Commissioners were told there's "no long term solution" for flooding problems on Rolling Pines and Childress roads.
Both have properties that have been underwater since April, causing residents to use boats to reach their cars.
One Childress resident who receives her medication by mail reports her postal carrier said they can no longer deliver mail to her address until the water recedes.
The county has been pumping water off the roads with a pump on loan from the Florida Department of Transportation at a FEMA reimbursable cost of about $200 a day, and commissioners voted to look into acquiring another pump to use as well.
Don Fendley, a resident of Rolling Pines Rd. since 1997, says the pumping has helped.
"Before the county started pumping the water off, we were having to travel by boat," said Fendley. "The water was so high we could float over where we knew a four-foot fence
separated property lines easily. I'm not pleased with the water, but I am pleased with the way the county has responded."
Fendley says others have helped out, too, including local members of the Florida Baptist Convention Disaster Relief Team and members of Vernon's Abigail Baptist Church, who filled Fendley's truck with more than 22 cases of bottled water.
"My son and daughter both have homes here, too, and we're worried about the wells, which have been covered with water since April. Mine is fine, so my son cut his off and is using my water, but it's still a concern."
County Engineer Cliff Knauer states there's no easy fix.
"There's just not a good long-term solution," Knauer told commissioners when they met in regular session Thursday.
"These people will keep having the same problem as long as they keep getting rain. For the time being, if pumping the water helps get them to and from their house, that's what we should keep doing."
In other board action, commissioners:
- Reported work is now underway on Dorch Circle in Vernon
- Approved Karen Johnson's appointment as Washington County Health Department Director
- Requested a time extension for FEMA road projects
- Approved an ordinance which will hold individuals and companies liable for any damage caused to county roads. The ordinance will allow the county to repair the damage and seek reimbursement from those responsible for it.
- Agreed to sunset property impact fees for 12 months.