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Tropical Storm Debby makes road impassable, trapping Clay County residents

7:45 PM, Jun 26, 2012   |    comments
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MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- When it is the only road to and from your home, a complete washout becomes a major cause of concern for everyone.

"We've had puddles in the road and we filled them in. Everyone has a small tractor, but this is the worst," said Terry Berge.

Berge lives on Range Line Road, and so does Jean Terry.

"I parked my pick up because I couldn't get through," said Terry. 

The torrential downpour from Tropical Storm Debby washed out the road where there's a culvert and a crossing. The residents moved quickly to add a concrete culvert and more dirt but they're afraid it won't last.

"We worked through the night so people can get out and go to the doctor," said Berge. 

The road is in Clay County off Carter Spencer Road. The problem is it a private road and the county is not responsible for maintenance or repairs.

As Debby continues to move slowly across the state leaving behind tons of water, the residents are afraid of the worst.

"This is not going to last," said Berge. "It is going to get washed out again."

They know they don't meet the county guidelines for help, but they would like some help from Clay County.

"We've got garbage trucks coming down, recycling trucks coming down and they chew the road up," said Berge, "and we get no help from that."  

At least twelve homeowners are affected and afraid that if there's a real emergency, getting help from first responders may be difficult if not impossible. 

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