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Monday, July 2, 2012 - 11:48am

Residents Stay in Flooded Homes

Dozens of people who live along the St. Mary’s River just north of the Florida border are hunkered down in flooded homes.

The St. Marys River crested twelve feet above flood stage last week after Tropical Depression Debby. It’s going to take another week until the water returns within its banks.

Bruce Young, emergency management agency director for Charlton County, says 40 to 50 homes in the St. Mary's Bluff neighborhood have flooded.

While some residents evacuated last week, others decided to stay. They’ve been coming to and from their homes by boat. Young says temperatures have been in the mid 90’s and they have no electricity.

“They’ve been without power since Tuesday. The electric company, REA came out, turned the power out because they lines underground and their transformers were underwater. So they did that for safety precautions,” said Young.

Highway 40 between Charlton and Camden counties is closed due to flooding.

Residents from about 45 homes in Camden County are still unable to return home after flooding put roads in their neighborhood underwater. One person was bitten by a water moccasin, but there have been no other injuries.