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Okaloosa County residents struggle with house damages


Okaloosa County suffered it's own share of damage after the extreme weather Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. Flooding has been reported in many neighborhoods, and damage from that flooding has caused road closures throughout the day.

This neighborhood off of Bradford Street in Ft. Walton Beach is one of a number in Okaloosa County that saw extreme flooding impact its residents.

The rain started Tuesday, and until Wednesday afternoon, never let up.

"It just never eased up. You just kept praying that it would, and it just kept pouring and pouring. And it just kept getting higher and higher," said Cheri Pope.

Cheri Pope did all she could to stop the flood water from entering her home.

"I mean, you try to block it and it just keeps coming in and coming in. It came in through part of the roof. You can just sit on the couch with the dogs and just pray that it stops raining."

She laid down towels and put as many of her belongings as possible on tables and chairs to protect them.

"It started to come in the front door. So I just picked up what I could, and it just flooded the garage, the whole inside of the house," Pope.

She says she has no idea how, or even if, she'll get those possessions back, or fix her home.

 "It's not a flood area, so we don't have flood insurance. And my insurance company is not going to cover any damage," Pope said.

Pope isn't alone. Many neighborhoods throughout Okaloosa County suffered flooding, and many of Pope's neighbors found themselves in the same predicament.

"We're trying to pull together and we're trying to be supportive. But it's hard to see a light, you know? And I know there will be, but it's hard."