Washington County residents seeing some relief from flooding

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - For Pine Ridge Drive local John West, he's happy to see his driveway again.

Residents are starting to see water levels drop. (WJHG/WECP)

For more than a year, some Washington County residents near Rolling Pines Road and Radcliff Circle have dealt with heavy flooding.

But now some, including West, say the almost five-foot deep water levels in spots, have dropped.

West said, "Now the water's gone down and access to the county road is, gee, only a few inches deep really. Maybe about six inches."

Even though the water is down, West still faces some daily struggles.

"I have to drive through neighbor's property to get in and out. At some point, I've heard that the county is going to raise the road, widen it to two-lane, so there will be access. I'm hoping they'll slope it down to my driveway so that I can drive in and out," said West.

Other neighbors say they can now use their own driveways to get back home, but many are still trying to keep their heads and houses above water.

West said, "My fellow neighbors though were extremely worried about their property becoming flooded and their homes being lost."

The county started taking applications for a property buy-back program in late 2019 and West says officials have started surveying the properties of those who applied.

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