MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Some homeowners along Black Creek had no choice but to evacuate their homes Tuesday as flood waters poured over the bank following heavy rain from Tropical Storm Debby.
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Emilio Uyann pushed away from his home on Lazy Acres Road in a canoe early Tuesday afternoon; expecting the main floor of his home that sits 12 feet off the ground to flood by nightfall.
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Captain Bernita Bush with Clay County Fire Rescue says the rising flood waters started early in the morning with people heeding the voluntary evacuation call.
"There are many, many people with tears in their eyes as the sun came up today," said Bush.
Todd Sloane has had 22 years living and dealing with flooding from Black Creek.
"It could be worse, but it's bad," said Sloane who moved lawn equipment from the first floor that had several feet of water.
Clay County Deputy Chris Castlelli who works marine patrol said Black Creek is dangerous right now with the currents and debris.
"There are a lot of snakes, alligators and all kinds of stuff out there. We don't want people in the water at all," said Castlelli.
The Red Cross has set up an evacuation center at Middleburg High School.
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