Flooding ruins bridges in Turkey Creek

ALACHUA, Fla. (WCJB) - Many prepared for the strong winds Irma brought over the weekend, but not everyone expected so much flooding.

One family in the Turkey Creek neighborhood of Alachua is dealing with flooding in their house.

"I didn't expect so much water. I expected maybe a foot, maybe 18 inches, but it got up to 42 inches up the wall," said Brian Minnich, who spent the day after the storm swimming to and from his dad's house in Turkey Creek, making sure to grab all of his important belongings.

"It flooded in 2004, when Ivan came through the area and it flooded in 2009 but in 2009 it only got one inch inside the house," he said.

Neighbors said they have never seen it this bad.

Jessica Mead, a neighbor, said, "Our corner of the neighborhood is flooded in, cars can't get in and out. The creek has pretty much overflowed at all points of entry."

The bridges over the creek were replaced in 2004 after storms washed them out, now completely underwater.

Another neighbor Mike Neiss said, "I've lived here almost 20 years (mike neiss) and even after the two hurricanes in '04, the creek flooded but never ever like this. This is the worst I've ever seen it."

Minnich said no one was home during the storm. "I made sure he shut the power off last night, and came to my house to stay with us," said Minnich.
"It was pretty astonishing, everything was floating. There was nothing left. The couches, the fridge, the washing machine, everything was floating in the water."

The Minnich's have house and flooding insurance.