Residents and business owners in Astor near the St. John’s River expressed gratitude for this week’s lower water levels than those experienced during Hurricane Ian on Friday.
The St. John’s River, according to officials, hit its significant flood stage of 4 feet late Wednesday night as Hurricane Nicole approached Florida.
Paul Simonds resides in Astor on River Road. The floodwaters from the river came within feet of his house, he added, adding that his house had been in his family since the 1950s.
“You see it, but it hasn’t entered the home yet, thank goodness. That’s where it is. It’s close,” stated Simonds. Simply put, this one has higher water. The river is not moving, but it is not coming this way. The River is merely level. not moving at all.
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Lake George, which feeds into the St. John’s River, had high water levels, though.
The bugs and the dead fish are the worst parts of this. They are terrible, but we are managing. It’s just a fact of life in Florida,” said Simonds.
Simonds expressed his desire for the region to avoid any additional significant downpours for the foreseeable future.
It will take a while before things return to normal, according to Simonds, who is counting on there being no additional hurricanes and little rain.
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