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March 3, 2008

Quitman - It's been a week since the Withlacoochee River flooded homes in Brooks County, but not much has changed. The water still blocks driveways at six houses, preventing families from returning home.

Others keep a watchful eye on the river.  "We're lucky. We've never been blocked completely out but we've come close," says Ronnie Gaines, owner of Gaines Livestock in Quitman.

A week ago, the Withlacoochee ran through his yard.  "Just all of a sudden the water just started coming out of the creek and the next day, it had come all the way up to the back of the barn. All the fence line here was under water."

Affecting his livestock and wildlife in these woods.

"You'll see beavers up here and deer. They are just hunting dry places because all that back there is nothing but water land."

He's still cleaning up the mess the river washed in, a ritual he performs every couple of years. This flood, he says, was the worst he's seen since 1994.

And with more severe weather predicted for Tuesday, he hopes the waters won't rise again.

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