Black Creek residents preparing for Isaac

Residents west of Jacksonville still recovering from Tropical Storm Debby

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CLAY COUNTY, Fla. - Tropical Storm Isaac could spread drenching rains far and wide, regardless of where the eye comes ashore.

That is what worries so many people west of Jacksonville.

Baker county residents are afraid the St. Mary's River will flood like it did in June when Tropical Storm Debby rolled through. It caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

People living along the Black Creek are facing a similar problem.

"You can't change what's coming," Black Creek resident Doug Evans said. "My mom said you can't worry about things you don't have control over."

With rain, likely in his future, Evans remains optimistic. He's just a few weeks away from almost completely rebuilding his home on Black Creek.

Just a few weeks ago, his home was flooded by rain waters from Tropical Storm Debbie. His house sits eight and a half feet in the air on stilts, still the water reached the second floor.

Evans said the damage from Debbie totaled more than $50,000, which is why he and others along Black Creek are watching Isaac closely and hoping he takes a turn.

The storm threatens to drop significant rainfall on areas that are just now drying out.

"You just know when to pack up. When to leave," Evans said. "Like everyone on the creek, prepare for the worst, hope for the best."

Evans said it's manatee sightings in his back yard that keep him living along Black Creek.

Even with the threat of rain, he said the beauty, outweighs the risks.

"It's a piece of paradise," Evans said. "We're familiar with the flooding, we just have a nicer view of the world from back here."

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