Rain creates concern for some Black Creek residents

MIDDLEBURG, Fla.-- Debbie Owns lives on what used to be the high and dry side of Lazy Acre Road. Now she worries about flooding.

"We are now in a flood plain," said Owens. "We have never been in a flood plain."

Clay County's Black Creek has a history of flooding, wreaking havoc to the homes along Lazy Acre Rd. But Owens said not around her home, so what changed?

"They've diverted the water around us, now it floods people out," she said.

Owens pointed to a drainage system on Long Bay Rd. that dumps the stormwater runoff onto her property from Blanding Boulevard and the surrounding area.

"Why is the water not being diverted toward the county drainage instead of through private property?" she asked.

Through the years she and her neighbor have installed culverts, Owens even built a wall of sandbags on her property to stop rising water.

"When it rains the water starts backing up," she said.

Owens said she complained to the county and so far nothing.

"They keep brushing us off and it keeps getting worst and worst," she said.

Jeff Beck with Clay County public works said he is familiar with Owens concerns but it is not a county problem.

"The water is running across private property," said Beck. "We have no easements it is private property."

Beck said as far as the drainage system in the public right of way it is working to control the water flow, but he said he will take a look at the residents concerns to be sure that it is not contributing or creating a problem.


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