Hurricane Nicole passed over Florida on Thursday, and a number of homes located along Ribault River and Ken Knight Drive were severely damaged and flooded as a result of the storm. When the Ribault River breached its banks and poured into the neighbourhood in the afternoon, it caused significant flooding throughout the area.
While floodwaters only reached the thresholds of some homes’ front and back entrances, others were inundated with more than a foot of water inside their dwellings as a result of the storm. As a result, several people are currently living in temporary relocation.
Homeowner Velma Aiken, who had lived along Ken Knight Drive for more than 40 years, A tour of her property, which was sitting underwater and then into her home, where floodwaters had breached the inside of the back of the house. Velma Aiken had lived along Ken Knight Drive for more than 40 years.
It was possible to determine how high the floods had been earlier in the day by looking at a line of dirt that ran along the wall and above the threshold of a door. This line was approximately a foot and a half off the ground. She uttered the words, “I have nowhere to go.” “I am completely at a loss on what to do.”
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The Ribault neighbourhood, namely the area around Ken Knight Drive, is prone to flooding. Aiken described the situation as “both irritating and infuriating.”
During Hurricane Irma in 2017, heavy rains forced the Ribault River to overflow into many homes along Ken Knight Drive. Residents of these properties claimed that the floodwaters brought alligators and snakes into their yards.
Since Irma, this is the second time that Aiken has had to cope with flooding inside her home. Both times, it was caused by rain.
If I have to come to that point, I will give it up, even if I don’t want to. However, for the time being, I’m going to put up a fight,” Aiken remarked. “I’m just going to keep putting my boots on and do what I need to,” she said.
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According to Aiken, several people have volunteered their time to assist the people living in the homes that have been devastated by the flood waters. She gave out her phone number, 904-982-5413, to anyone who would be ready to lend a hand.
Even while floodwaters did not enter his home, Aiken’s neighbour Larry Sheppard said he was terrified when they came close to reaching his door, which is more than 4 feet higher than the ground.
Sheppard recalled that the water level had risen to such an extent that she was forced to contact the fire brigade to be rescued from her home. “There was a close call with the house.”
Further along the block, several more residences that were right adjacent to the river were entirely submerged. An owner who only goes by the first name Mike spent hours removing flood water and damaged furniture; he is aware that he may have to do it again, as people whose homes were damaged by water are aware that high tide is likely to bring floodwaters back into their homes; the owner of the business who only goes by the first name Mike spent hours removing flood water and damaged furniture.
He said, “I’m worried about that.” “Now we’re attempting to put the sandbags up to prepare for it as we did earlier, but we didn’t do it as well as we thought we did,” he said. “We thought we accomplished it.”
People who own their own homes, like Aiken, have a consistent source of income. Even though they have insurance, the unfortunate truth is that their insurance might only cover a limited amount.
According to Aiken, “It can only handle so much because if it’s not your roof falling off or window breaking out, they don’t pay for seeping water.” “It can only handle so much due to the fact that…”
According to Aiken, there was an effort made by volunteers to assist the people living in the flooded homes. She gave out her phone number, 904-982-5413, to anyone else who would be ready to lend a hand. The floodwaters forced several renters and owners to evacuate their homes, and those individuals were either housed in hotels or sent to stay with relatives.
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