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Flooding in Dixie County may worsen this week as heavy rainfall looms

Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 6:14 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -Residential flooding is not a new thing for those who live in Dixie County.

Many residents struggle with this issue every summer, but others say it’s some of the worst flooding they’ve seen.

Mandy Lemmermen, Lieutenant of Dixie County Emergency Services, says between Tropical Storm Elsa and low-lying swamp lands across the county, this flooding issue is noticeably worse this year. Lemmermen compared it to 2017.

She says county leaders have done their best to warn and prepare residents of the flooding problems and that they are looking at all possibilities on where to drain the excess water.

However, Lemmermen explained by draining the water elsewhere, it just ends up in someone else’s yard.

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Lemmerman said sandbags are available at the Dixie County Road Department at 149 SE 309th St in Cross City.

Tom Kavey is a longtime resident who has experienced heavy flooding since he moved here 15 years ago.

He says although the county has made some changes to improve drainage, the result remains the same.

“Obviously it’s not enough, so I don’t know. They have not come to dig my property up yet but I mean they’re welcome to if they still have that aspiration to help us out with the flooding,” Kavey explained.

With the current flooding, Kavey is only able to use two acres of his 40 plus acres of land.

Kavey says this is a common problem for residents especially in the southern portions of the county.

The Weather Prediction Center has forecast two to six inches of rain through Aug. 6, which could worsen the residential flooding.

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