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Columbia County Residents Demand Assistance

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More than three weeks after Hurricane Irma, some Columbia County residents are still dealing with flooding from the Santa Fe River.

At a meeting hosted by “Our Santa Fe River” last night, those residents made emotional pleas to state agencies and local government officials, asking for help with a flooded private road leading to their homes.

But, Columbia County says it cannot use taxpayer money to fix private roads — meaning the residents must find help elsewhere.

The Red Cross offered the families shelter in Orlando or Miami, which are hours away from school and work. As for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, inspectors have not looked at their part of Lake City.

About Grace King

Grace is a reporter for WUFT News who may be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing grace.king@ufl.edu.

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