Reports of high water flood in following days of rain

Jul. 04, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

Persistent rain didn't let up for much of Wednesday, and several roads, creeks and neighborhoods — already saturated by recent summer storms — flooded throughout the afternoon.

Scott Morrill, of the 3400 block of Windmere Drive, said he's only seen the creek in his lawn overflow twice in the last decade. The water spilled into his backyard, reaching his concrete driveway, and pulled debris from nearby houses.

Sanford Police Department Telecommunicator Jimmy Williams said authorities had received several calls about high water in the "usual places" by Wednesday afternoon.

The Riverbirch Shopping Center, Rose and Fifth streets, South Horner Boulevard near Taco Bell, and Hickory House Road were all mentioned in calls about high water, Williams said.

A Lee County Sheriff's Office dispatcher said the office hadn't received many calls about standing water within the county.

Lee County Deputy Fire Marshall Bill Rogers said he'd heard of no reports of property damage from the rain.

"The last (weather) report I got said it should be clearing up (today)," Rogers said. "It's supposed to be dryer this weekend, so maybe we'll get rid of some of this water."