Bay County residents living with flooding

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - For some Bay County residents, heavy rains are still causing pains.

After Monday morning's storm, many Bay County residents are living with flooding in the streets, in their yards, and in their homes. (WJHG/WECP)

"I woke up this morning and had a leak in my ear. Leaked in my roof, right in my ear," said Callaway Resident Fabion Larry Renfro.

Locals prepare their homes and themselves whenever a storm blows our way.

"Anxiety. A lot of anxiety going on. I didn't know what anxiety was until this year," said Renfro.

Renfro lives off Beaver Street. He and his neighbors say whenever it rains, it could take up to a day and a half to fully drain.

"We have a drainage at the end of Beaver Street. If it don't stay cleaned out, it don't drain," said Renfro's Neighbor Jane Barfild.

Callaway Mayor Pamn Henderson says the city is still cleaning up debris in the water system from Hurricane Michael and facing new problems.

"So many trees being down has put the water table very high and we've had so much rain that the ground is just saturated, that the ground's not absorbing it so there's really no place for it to go," said Henderson.

This issue goes beyond Callaway.

"Water's backed up in my yard, and next thing it goes into my house," said Unincorporated Bay County Resident Thomas Day.

Day lives off Everitt Street and East 11th Court. He believes debris is blocking a new ditch the county installed.

County engineering officials say since February, 1.4 million cubic yards of debris has been removed from the drainage system. They continue to remove debris, but locals can help too.

"Well, removing that smaller debris out of our yards is a step that we can take because when we have large events that's when this debris is carried into the system," said Bay County's Engineering Division Manager Josee Cyr.

Bay County officials say storm debris from the drainage system should be fully gone by the first week of September. However, if your land was prone to flooding before Hurricane Michael hit, engineering officials say that's not going to change.

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