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Red Cross opens shelter for flood victims with no home

4:31 PM, Jul 4, 2012   |    comments
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MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- As many people celebrated the 4th of July with friends and family, the Red Cross opened a shelter at Tynes Elementary to assist families still out of their homes following recording flooding.

Along nearby Black Creek homeowners continue to clean up with piles of debris lining roads for pickup.  In some homes construction crews spent the holiday making repairs.

"We did not have to leave," said Todd Sloane whose home on Black Creek was destroyed in the 1992 flood.  He rebuilt on high ground with a home designed to withstand flooding.

Sloan says while his house had six feet of water in the bottom floor in his workshop, his second floor living area was not touched.  

Construction crews on the 4th continued to work on the County Road 218 bridge that was washed out because of flooding.  The goal is have the bridge repairs wrapped up this month.

Storm debris will be be picked up starting on Friday.  Residents are reminded that the debris should not be in containers or bagged.    

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