Lake City Flooding
The floodwaters that still cover parts of North Central Florida are raising a concern about drinking water. Water has been contaminated E-coli in some places. Reports of dead animals floating in floodwater are raising further concerns.
On Tuesday Columbia County reported that nearly one- third of 64 water tests show the presence of E. coli.
Cayla Pearce on Jodi Court in Lake City said she is worried about disease since she believes there are dead animals floating in nearby floodwaters.
She said there are many other problems and she believes the county isn't helping her enough.
"If there had been more answers given and less of a run around, we wouldn't be so upset and we wouldn't feel ignored," said Pearce.
She said issues like dead animals floating around is something the county should take care of.
"It's a health concern it really is. You can have E-coli and infectious diseases and everything like that that can get into our water supply.," said Pearce.
While we were in Lake City we asked residents if they saw these dead animals. They all said no. Except for Sonny Styles who said it was his pet pig.
"Bristles died during the flood on Tuesday I imagine and we launched my neighbors pontoon boat a couple days later to check out things and we came across her she was floating out by the fence near the county road," said Styles.
Styles is Pearces' neighbor. He has about 30 pigs, a horse and some goats on his property.
"He had all those other animals alive to take care of before getting to the pig and besides that he was helping everybody else in the neighborhood before getting to the pig also," said Art Lebeau.
Since she died on private property it was up to styles to recover the pig. He took her out of the water but has no place to bury her.
If he wouldn't have then the county would do the job, but Pearce thinks the county is doing enough.
"What they have done to confirm it is walk around the property and saw oh I see no pig. Nobody has confirmed that the pig or whatever dead animals are out there have been taken care of," said Pearce.
We spoke to Columbia County Operations Manager Kevin Kirvy who said he heard Pearces' concerns in the county commission meeting Thursday night.
He personally went to her neighborhood today to see what else could be done, but couldn't find anything that is a priority
His main concern is making sure everyone in the county has access to grocery stores and hospitals, which those people who live on Jodi Court have.
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