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Neighbors in Lantana fear additional flooding from Tropical Storm Eta

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Posted at 6:38 PM, Nov 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 00:12:32-05

LANTANA, Fla. — Homeowners in one Lantana community are keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Eta and how much rain it will bring.

The Sea Pines neighborhood near Interstate 95 and Hypoluxo Road suffered severe flooding two weeks ago, and residents are hoping Eta doesn't make things worse.

For the past two days, neighbors have been filling up sandbags and stacking them up against their homes, even putting up hurricane shutters.

Julia Deen and her husband have turned their side yard into a place to store sandbags.

"We're just trying to buckle up and take all of our precautions," Deen said.

As of early Sunday evening, the Sea Pines community has no experienced any flooding from Eta, but some storm drains are still clogged with dirt and debris.

Town officials said crews have pumped out 12 million gallons of water since last month, and the pipes have also been flushed.

"With the last storm, people were stuck in their homes, actually walking to this corner store with bags above their head," said neighbor Marcela Turkustani. "No one wants to live like that, so everyone's pretty scared."

Town officials in Lantana said they are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Eta. Once the storm passes, crews will come out and determine if those pumps need to be turned back on.

"Some neighbors we met but haven't been very close. ... It really has formed a strong sense of community, I would say," Deen said.

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