Lakeland still underwater after Hurricane Irma

Posted at 5:21 PM, Oct 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-20 17:21:21-04

A month and a half after Hurricane Irma and one Lakeland neighborhood is still fighting flood waters.

Julie and Rusty Bulloch live in what you would consider a rural part of Polk County.

They admit, they know they live in a low-lying area but say after 10 years of living there, it has never flooded quite like this.

“Our pasture usually is not wet all,” Julie Bulloch said as she looked over a yard full of water, along with a moving current.

When you approach their family ranch, you’re immediately confronted with a driveway full of water. 

So much water fills the driveway, it would be dangerous to drive down using only a car.

“I had no clue that this much water would still be hanging in,” Rusty Bulloch said.

In some areas, the water is pooling so high, a four foot post can barely be seen about the water.

“You do not realize how bad it is until you're put in that spot,” Rusty said.

In front of the home, sits a for sale sign. The Bulloch’s had their home up for sale before the storm came through.

Since then, they have had to pull it off of the market due to the flooding issues.

And believe it or not, they don’t believe Irma is completely to blame.

“We actually went over to the culvert and it's half full of dirt,” Julie said.

The two-mile radius around the Bulloch ranch is also under water.

The Bulloch’s blame poor county maintenance, saying the county abandoned the culverts. 

“I’ve made several calls to the county and I understand that they have more on their plate than what they can handle.” Julie said.

After posting a picture of what the land looked like on Thursday, the Bulloch’s finally received a call back, along with a promise to come out and take a look at the problem.

“We are so blessed because the water did not go into our house,” Julie said.