Florida MPs Save US Flag From Flooded River After Hurricane Ian
South Florida deputies made a one-time rescue Monday while on the river in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
Video posted to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page shows deputies searching the St. Johns River by boat when they encounter an American flag almost completely underwater in the Osteen area.
A deputy at the front of the boat is seen pulling the flag out of the water, which was tied to two trees in an upright position, then shaking it a bit to dry it.
The sheriff’s office said the rescue shows how high the water is right now and called the river « swollen ».
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« Some homes along the SJR are within inches of flooding due to a boat’s wake, » the post said. « Please stay out of the water as it will only rise even higher in the next few days. »
In a separate article Monday, the sheriff’s office said Ian caused record highs on the St. Johns River and the water continued to rise.
« For the sake of all who live along the river, please stay out of the water this week and help protect homes from flooding if you haven’t already, » the office wrote. sheriff.
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Ian hit Florida’s southwest coast on September 28 as a Category 4 storm, bringing 150 mph winds and devastating storm surge to coastal towns.
President Joe Biden and the First Lady are scheduled to meet with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in Fort Myers on Wednesday to assess damage from the storm.
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As of Tuesday evening, at least 68 storm-related deaths were confirmed in Florida and the Carolinas.