Suwannee River at White Springs
By: Yaremi Farinas
"This is just unbelievable," said Anne Castaneda.
Castaneda of Lake City said she's never seen the Suwannee River at White Springs this deep.
"On a regular day you wouldn't see the river. You would have to go to the edge of the embankment and look down to see the river," said Castaneda.
With all the rain from tropical storm Debby, the river is over it's banks.
People stood on the bridge on US 41 in White Springs to see the river with their own eyes.
"Amazing," Betty Wilcox.
For Castaneda, looking just wasn't enough. She enjoyed a couple dips in the water before deputies closed the boat ramp in White Springs.
Hamilton County Sheriff Harrell Reid said over 15 inches of rain has fallen in his county.
He told us the rain is causing the water to rise two feet every hour.
"We are going out to each residence and telling them that there is potential that their going to be flooded out and recommend that they get out of their residences and this could happen by Friday."
Reid tells us the trouble here is coming from georgia.
"Up towards the Okefenokee Swamp, they've had a lot of rain up there. That's what really influences what comes down to us is the Okefenokee Swamp," said Reid.
He believes it will be a couple days before the water level starts lowering.
Castaneda said she feels fortunate her home isn't flooded, unlike other houses she's seen.
"Their house was like completely flooded up to their windows, up above their windows. It's just sad," said Castaneda.
and with the waters continuing to rise, for some people the troubles may just be starting.
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