Washington County flooding affecting residents and some animals

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Some residents of Radcliff Circle and Rolling Pines Road in Washington County are trying to adapt to the constant flooding in their area.

While Rich says her horses are happy and healthy, the water could cause some problems. (WJHG/WECP)

Beverly Lewis, a Rolling Pines Resident, said, "We're living in an RV and doing other things because you just have to go with the flow."

For some there doesn't seem to be an end in sight.

Lewis added, "I think we're experiencing what all of us after the storm area is that the recovery is taking really way longer than anybody had imagined. We have no idea when it's going to go down."

The flooding isn't just affecting people, it's affecting some animals as well.

Kathy Rich is the owner-operator of Sunshine Riding Trails on Rolling Pines Road and says while her 18 horses are happy and healthy, the added water has created some problems.

Rich said, "We have a pond on our property that we didn't have before the flooding. The horses do enjoy it but it does make for more care for the horses because they get more fungus, their hooves get more thrush because it's so wet."

Rich says the new ponds have caused her to have to reroute trails, which she says is not a quick process.

"Sometimes it can take up to a month to make a new trail, depending on what kind of brush is around," said Rich, "It's quite a lengthy process."

Overall she says the flooding has not affected her business or the horses' health in a major way and they're just learning to adapt to the added water.

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