Evacuees back home in FL

Evacuees in the Lake Manatee area of Florida were back home after officials were able to wrench open a jammed floodgate.

BY SUSAN KIM | MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. | June 23, 2003


Evacuees in the Lake Manatee area of Florida were back home after officials were able to wrench open a jammed floodgate.

More than 600 people were evacuated Sunday.

Some homes had already flooded Sunday, when the lake was five feet higher than normal, and Sunday's rain raised it even more. Two floodgates were already open when a third one jammed, but officials finally wrenched it open.

The dam is located some 15 miles east of Bradenton.

Evacuated residents were in a mostly rural area that stretches for four miles west of Lake Manatee.

Six more inches of rain fell Sunday. As much as a foot of rain has fallen in the Tampa area over the last several days. Parts of Manatee County had 20 inches of rain during that time.


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