Dry weather lowers water levels in Washington County, locals still concerned

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The recent dry weather has water levels receding in southern Washington County, but for some residents, their worries over flooding are still as high as ever.

Despite water levels going down, flooding is still a major issue in Washington County. (WJHG/WECP)

Washington County local Mike West hasn't been able to use his driveway since December. He says that was the last time he saw it dry. He had to make his own way to the road.

"He [his neighbor] allowed me to cut a road through his property to the county road, so we're very fortunate to have that. But again, that's not my property, so I'd like to be able to get in and out of my own driveway," said West.

For resident Scott Hobbs, he's had to open up his property to his neighbors, whose street is still filled with water.

"It's tough but we really had no choice. They had to be able to get access to their home, which their home is high and dry, but they have no access through the driveway, so we were able to cut a trail for them so they could walk in and out," said Hobbs.

Hobbs' biggest concern isn't for himself, but for his elderly neighbors' safety.

"A fire truck could get no closer than this, EMS would have to hike through the woods with a stretcher to pick them up if they had a medical emergency," said Hobbs while pointing to the trail his neighbors use to get to their home.

The changes in water level have been slow, but can be seen when looking at the waterlines left on trees or homes.

"Our fence and some of the property now is more dry, some of my neighbors who had water up to their foundations, the waters moved away from there, it's certainly encouraging," said West.

While the dry weather may be encouraging, the lack of help has many discouraged.

"I might say that we're still looking for some answers from the government, as to any assistance regarding this, but, as I told you, I'm not very confident in that," said West.

We spoke with Washington County Commissioner Steve Joyner who represents the area. He said there is nothing the county can do for the people at this time.

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