Fay Bedevils FL for Fifth Weary Day

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WASHINGTON -- President Bush has declared parts of Florida a disaster area, after Tropical Storm Fay moved across the state after making landfall for the third time in a week.

Fay has left severely flooded streets and frustrated residents wherever it's gone. And it's not through yet.

Click play to hear more on the situation in Florida from Maj. Gen. Douglas Burnett with the National Guard, following this report.

Flooding and More Flooding

The only sure thing about Fay is that it leaves behind flooding - and lots of it.

Fay has dumped 2 to 3 feet of water in some places as it continued to slog across Florida at a pace of about 5 miles per hour.

It's only the fourth storm ever to make landfall in the state with such force three separate times.

"Boy, it's about as slow moving, dysfunctional storm as I've ever seen," noted St.Augustine resident Barry Doyle.

Fay has spent most of this week battering Florida's central and northeast Atlantic coastlines with drenching rains. It's now heading west towards the Florida panhandle.

At least 25 people have been killed from Haiti up to Florida, and the President has declared the affected regions disaster areas. People in parts of those areas say it's some of the worst flooding they've ever seen.

"My bedroom was flooded when I got up, and then it moved on to the front, patios all the way to the sliding door. It's a mess," said resident Shirley McKee.

Unwelcome House Guests

In some areas, residents were warned to keep watch for alligators, snakes and other wildlife forced from their habitats and in search of dry land. At least two alligators have been captured in residential neighborhoods.

Stray gators aren't the only danger lurking in those high waters.

There's also fear of raw sewage and other debris. Thousands are boiling their tap water because of overflowing sewage systems.

"I think people need to be very careful, especially children," cautioned Florida's Governor Charlie Crist. "You know don't go out and be playing in this high water. It is dangerous and it can carry disease with it too."

As residents along the Florida-Georgia border brace for Fay's arrival, those already hit are trying to figure out how a tropical storm could cause such hurricane-like damage.

Deputy Jeff Harper of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office said, "Nobody expected it to be this bad, you know. Just a simple tropical storm turned into 30 inches of rain in some areas. It definitely caught people by surprise."

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