County addresses ongoing flooding issues

WC Floods

Don Fendley of Rolling Pines Rd. uses his riding lawn mower to transport groceries to and from his residence on Rolling Pines Rd. Fendley says his property has been flooded since April.

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Published: Friday, June 27, 2014 at 12:13 PM.

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."

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