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Neighborhoods near the St. Marys River are evacuated

6:16 PM, Jun 26, 2012   |    comments
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BAKER COUNTY, Fla. -- Baker County is dealing with fast-rising river water.

As a result, neighborhoods near the St. Marys River are getting flooded.

Steel Bridge Road near Macclenny was blocked off Tuesday as water from the river covered the road and made it impassable.

People who live beyond the blockade were urged to evacuate their homes.

Baker County Sheriff's County deputies estimate there are about 25 homes beyond the blockade.

Some people evacuated the area by mid-afternoon, but deputies said about people in seven homes remained.

Ron Rhoden hopped into in the middle of the road. He and a friend were determined to row to his home and secure some items from it. He said he had thrown some of his belongings onto the roof.

He said he had not seen it this bad since Hurricane Dora.

Another man who lived nearby said a gauge on the St. Marys River just off of Steel Bridge Road read 14 feet in the morning. By 3 p.m., the river waters were roaring by at 19 feet. Meanwhile the rain continued to pour down.

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