Baker County bridge out

A small bridge on County Road 127 just outside Sanderson collapsed overnight. 

Residents who use the bridge every day walked to it Wednesday morning for a look or to take pictures. They said the creek under the span, one side of which dropped several feet, was rushing like a white-water river after Debby's heavy rain.

"I just buckled, kind of like caved in," said Danielle Sanders. "I was riding around all day on that bridge yesterday."

It was just one more problem for Baker County, which had several road inundated by the rising St. Marys River and ordered mandatory evacuations late Tuesday.

Deputies and rescue personnel had to remove several residents by boat who did not get out before the river road to near historic flood levels.

Smaller roads closed by erosion

Washouts also also took part of 118th Street near Firestone Road in Jacksonville, a highway in Hamilton County and some private roads around Black Creek in Clay County.

Pastor James Turner didn't know his church was flooded until he saw pictures on and WJXT4 The Local Station's Facebook page.

Water from McGirts Creek on the Westside made its way inside.

"Right now it's really soggy," Turner said of the damage to his church. "The water was 8 inches up, past the baseboard and everything. Earl, our maintenance guy, put a lot of stuff up when it looked like it was going to flood. The dry wall was ruined."

Turner said he wouldn't have service Wednesday night and will have to see what the church can do about Sunday.

Right next to the church is a used car lot, where the owners received a call Tuesday night that their cars were in danger.

"The water come in very fast, and we were scared they would push them to the fence over there," owner Lilianna Barde said. "We pushed them outside."

The owners were checking out the cars that were covered with water, but they believe they were able to save most of them.

County and state emergency officials urge people to report damage as they are putting together requests for federal assistance.

"Damage assessments is the big issue right now we need to know about businesses that were flooded, homes that were flooded, any property damage that occurred," Jacksonville Fire-Rescue Chief Marty Senterfitt said Wednesday morning. "If people could call 904-630-CITY, that would be tremendously helpful."