Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY, Florida (WMBB) – Flooding has been a serious problem in the Panhandle area for the past two years, and residents of Bear Creek continue to grapple with the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.
Homeowners are desperate for a solution to a major flooding problem in their neighborhood.
“After losing everything that you have already owned or acquired, it is very difficult,” said Mary Lynn Keller-Clements, a resident.
Keller-Clements’ home went from a one percent flood risk to a 100 percent flood risk after Hurricane Michael.
So when Hurricane Sally hit, Keller-Clements and her husband had 53 inches of contaminated water in and around her house, which forced them to get into an RV in their driveway.
After spending months renovating their home, Keller-Clements and her husband returned in June… only to be inundated again by Tropical Storm Fred.
“We don’t have a place to live, we don’t have a place where our children or grandchildren can come back,” Keller-Clements said.
Bay County Commissioner Doug Moore said there was nothing the county could do.
But, Keller-Clements said after contacting the county and state, residents of the area say they are powerless.
“Nobody takes responsibility, nobody helps us. With Fred we had 3 feet of water so everything we just replaced is still gone, Keller-Clements said. “So we, our neighbors and our friends are just asking that someone be responsible. “
This not only affects Keller-Clements and her husband, but their neighbors as well.
“My wife and I were stuck on a hill, we couldn’t get out,” said Greg Mercell.
Mercell recently said during Tropical Storm Mindy that they decided to have a hotel for fear of being trapped in their own home again.
Commissioner Moore said Hurricane Michael pulled 300 million trees out of its way, which was a major contributor to the flooding problem.
“Unfortunately, we are flat. We’ve lost a lot of trees, our water table is high, so the water just isn’t draining, Moore said. “It’s a frustrating thing. I have spoken with many of them, they have expressed their frustrations quite a bit and are just trying to work to try to help them and to find a solution through the channels available through the state and the federal government.
Keller-Clements and his neighbors are desperate for answers before their homes are flooded again. She said they can’t fix the problems with insurance or mortgage companies until the Bear Creek flood is resolved.
They meet with Commissioner Moore on Saturday.
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