West Cocoa neighborhood threatened by Irma flooding


Heavy rains that soaked the state are draining into the St. Johns River basin, causing the winding body of water to spill its banks, and trigger flood warnings in riverside communities.

In Cocoa, homes along Lake Poinsett are bracing for more water, in the form of rain early next week.

"This house has got water in it now" says Ralph Beckett, who lives in a home over the water. "The one on the end has water in it now, so it just depends on the elevation of the house."

Several hundred residents like Ralph Beckett are under a river flood warning, after the St. Johns rose seven inches over flood stage. The water level is too high to fit a boat in his boat garage, but it's plenty spacious for a wandering alligator-- which has more room with more water.

"I'm sure there's more of them too" says Rachel Bellis with a laugh. "Where there's one, there's many."

Rachel Bellis says some of her neighbors evacuated, but other have elevated homes. If heavy rains cause it to rise any further, her neighbor says she has a back up plan.

"I'm not worried about it because I got a boat that floats" said Lucretia Summerlin. "I know how to swim, being native Floridian."

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