Gov. Scott tours Tropical Storm Debby damage

Victims hoping for state, federal assistance

LIVE OAK, Fla. - It's hard to grasp the severity of the floods in Live Oak until you see the damage for yourself. Business owner Len Stapleton is living it, he's made a record of the water level so he remembers just how high the water was.

"It's heartbreaking, you put your life savings and hard work into a business and something takes it away in 36 hours," says Stapleton.

Governor Rick Scott surveyed the damage in Live Oak Thursday, giving people like Stapleton hope that help will follow.

"I've talked with FEMA and everyone is committed to doing the right thing," says Gov. Scott.

"I hope he understands the severity, because this is serious. The longer the water sits the worse it'll get," says Stapleton.

The rains may be gone, but the damage is getting worse. Just Thursday morning a sinkhole opened up in downtown Live Oak. 

A string of buildings nearby were condemned because the foundation is no longer safe. The Sheriff fears other problems will arise.

"We're going to have a large mosquito problem, when you talk about West Nile, it can be really dangerous," says Tony Cameron, Sheriff of Suwannee County.

Emergency responders are concerned the Suwannee River will crest this evening, which could lead to more flooding in areas that had been spared.

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