Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Storm Douses Jacksonville; Some Power Outages and Flooding Were Common after Barry Passed Through

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Storm Douses Jacksonville; Some Power Outages and Flooding Were Common after Barry Passed Through

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Byline: ADAM AASEN

It was hard to tell the difference Saturday afternoon between McCoy's Creek and McCoy's Creek Boulevard. Just like in spots throughout Jacksonville, the roadway was inundated by waist-deep flooding.

The First Coast was struck a glancing blow by Tropical Storm Barry. Still, three inches of morning rain caused traffic headaches, and power outages were reported throughout the region.

But the heavy rains were a welcome relief in Southern Georgia, where more than 1,500 firefighters battling massive wildfires got a day off, officials said.

Victoria Fox, a meteorologist working with a federal fire management team, reported 5.72 inches of rain at a station near the eastern entrance to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and three inches at Jones Island near the center of the swamp.

The rain likely quelled some fires burning on the uplands and near the surface of deep layers of dry peat in the swamp, said Larry Morris, a fire information officer with the Georgia Forestry Commission.

When the peat dries in coming days, the smoldering fires are likely to flare up again unless more rain follows, Morris said.

The Florida Highway Patrol reported 25 traffic accidents in the region between 6 and 9:30 a.m., according to Lt. Kevin Blom. Ten of those accidents were in Duval County, he said.

"There's so many of them. We're just trying to keep our head above water," Blom said.

There were no major injuries reported.

At least 1,300 homes were without power Saturday in Jacksonville, including 1,100 homes on the Northside, 70 homes in Mandarin and 70 homes in Arlington, according to the JEA Web site.

The drought-like conditions likely minimized the flooding said Matt Zibura, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Minor flooding rerouted traffic at Fort Caroline Road between St. Johns Bluff and McCormick roads.

The McCoy's Creek flooding was a nuisance for residents.

Pearl Robinson, 35, who lives at the end of McCoy's Creek Boulevard, said she was planning to get a hotel for the night because she's afraid with more rain she might have to slosh her way to her door. …

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