Heavy rainfall means rafting for Crestview family


Bama Nettles, left, and his mother, Ann Gregg, right, float on a raft in rainfall that developed a pond of sorts on Wednesday in Gregg’s Crestview backyard.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Friday, July 26, 2013 at 07:01 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Heavy rainfall that descended on north Okaloosa County on Wednesday transformed one family’s backyard into a watering hole.

Showers on Ann Gregg’s backyard near Twin Hills Park accumulated enough water to float on in a raft.

“You know we have enough rain when you can go boating in the backyard,” she said, adding the 30-by-40-foot yard received pools about 3 feet deep in some spots.

The family made the best of a serious situation, Gregg said.

“It's been a real pain. The flooding has (come) up to my back porch on the right side. We had to rescue my lawnmower,” she said.

“My dog can't play ball because of the swamp land I have now. The bugs are worst. You walk in the backyard and ants climb your legs for safety.”

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