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When it rains, it pours



The St. Johns River in northeast Florida is at a record level of 10.58 feet, breaking a previous high that had held since 1924. "Sooner or later, this thing will leave," Gov. Charlie Crist said.

Lingering Fay won't get out of the way. She continues to dump rain on Northwest Florida, as the state moved into a more aggressive recovery operation based in Orlando on Monday. Flood risks persist in the Big Bend and western Panhandle areas. Four counties -- Monroe, Brevard, St. Lucie and Okeechobee -- are eloigible for major federal disaster relief, and several other counties are being considered for the same level of help. Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink urged Floridians to call 1-800-22-STORM to receive assistance with insurance claims.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:09am]


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