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Mandatory evacuation ordered for part of Baker County

7:11 PM, Jun 27, 2012   |    comments
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BAKER COUNTY, Fla. -- A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for residents who live on Steel Bridge Road.

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Baker County authorities expect the St. Marys River to crest either this afternoon or evening.

Current estimates show the river will crest at about 25 feet, which would be the highest it has been in a decade, and may break a record.

On Tuesday, the St. Marys River was at 19 feet.

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Once it was determined the river would crest higher than originally anticipated, the decision was made to change the voluntary evacuation to a mandatory one.

So far, everyone has been evacuated by boat, with the exception of two residences that have refused to leave. It is unknown at this time how many people live in those two homes.

The Baker County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are the agencies evacuating residents.

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