Florida Starts Cleanup Amid Receding Floodwaters

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Florida Panhandle residents and business owners are cleaning up amid receding floodwaters, and among them is a Pensacola food pantry begging donors to give money instead of canned goods.

High water from torrential rains sweeps away a vehicle in the Cordova Park area of Pensacola, Fla., Photo Credit: Tony Giberson, Pensacola News Journal

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Florida Panhandle residents and business owners are cleaning up amid receding floodwaters, and among them is a Pensacola food pantry begging donors to give money instead of canned goods.

Manna Food Pantries may be a total loss after 3 feet of water flooded food coolers and administrative offices. Executive Director DeDe Flounlacker told the Pensacola News-Journal that the organization can't accept food donations because it has nowhere to store them.

Nearly 2 feet of rain drenched Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in the span of about 24 hours. Officials assessing the damage Thursday say they're exploring whether to have both counties declared disaster zones.

Burst water pipes in Gulf Breeze compounded flooding from the rain, and receding waters exposed buckled roadways. About 660 Gulf Power customers remained without power Thursday.

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