Port Orange homeowners prepare for more rain, deal with flood damage
Crews work along Fox Place after water covers streets, cars
PORT ORANGE, Fla. – Homeowners are preparing for more rain and hoping it doesn't get any worse as flooding damage spreads across several Central Florida cities.
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Over the past two days, water has covered streets and cars, keeping city crews hard at work along Fox Place in Port Orange.
"My house was flooded, so it was pretty scary," said Margaret Spry, who woke up and stepped in water in her bedroom. "The water was up to approximately my kneecaps. In the house. Every single room. Things were floating everywhere."
Her biggest fear came when she realized her power was still on. She said she's not taking any chances with the threat of more heavy rain this week. She's hoping sandbags in and around her house keep water at bay.
Water damage restoration crews placed fans around her house but said it could take up to four days before her property dries.
Residents got their homes ready and took out the essentials.
"We had about 6 to 8 inches in the house. So everything's got to be taken out," said Kristy Homan, who came back to her home to salvage what she could, including her animals. "God be with me. He never tests us with more than we can handle."
Volusia County officials say free sandbags are available for residents at the following locations:
- South Daytona: 746 Reed Canal Road
- Daytona Beach: 950 Bellevue Road
- New Smyrna Beach: 124 Industrial Park Blvd.
- Port Orange: 4200 Ridgewood Ave. and 6027 Central Park Blvd.
- Ormond Beach: 501 N. Orchard St. until 3:30 p.m.
- Edgewater: Mango Lake Park, 800 block of Mango Tree Drive and Fire Station 57, 2628 Hibiscus Drive
There is a chance of rain early, followed by a mostly cloudy overnight. The overnight low will drop to 72 degrees.
Friday there is a 60 percent chance of rain as more moisture moved across Florida from the East. The high will be 88 degrees in Orlando.
Saturday and Sunday both will have a high of 88 degrees and a 50 percent chance of rain.
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