Downgraded Debby still soaking Florida

(CBS News) LIVE OAK, Fla. - Former Tropical Storm Debby is weakening as it slowly makes its way across Florida, but continuing to dump record amounts of rain.

Debby was downgraded to a tropical depression Tuesday after finally making landfall on the Gulf Coast, 90 miles south of Tallahassee.

It's caused widespread flooding in several Florida towns and cities, including Live Oak, where the flooding is reaching the main pumping station, prompting concerns sewage could pour onto streets and into homes.

Over the past five days, virtually every one of Florida's 67 counties has gotten a dose of Debby.

As the storm finally prepares to make its exit, it's threatening to dump up to eight more inches of rain on top of the two feet that already inundated some areas.

In Brooksville, resident Debbie Skinner said, "The barn's got about two feet, our driveway was over my head -- it probably still is."

A boat is the only way Skinner and her husband can get home.

As he dragged a boat, her husband said, as he pointing at trees, "Alligators, water moccasins, rattlesnakes - they're all hiding up there."

Roughly 80 percent of the north Florida town of Live Oak is submerged.

Resident Melissa Hendrickson waded through floodwaters Tuesday to survey the damage to her home, and check on pictures of her dad, who recently died of cancer.

"My dad's memories and everything is in there," she said. " ... It kinda hurts; that's all I had left."

After stalling over the panhandle for days, Debby washed ashore late Tuesday before weakening to a tropical depression.

While the system may no longer pack the same punch, forecasters warn isolated tornadoes and flooding are still possible.

Dozens of sinkholes are also popping up across the state, in yards, streets, and airports.

Debby should slowly march out to the sea by Wednesday night, but flood waters from Tampa all the way up to Jacksonville could linger for days.

As for Debbie Skinner: A month into the Atlantic hurricane season, she says she's already had enough.

"As far as staying here, I think I'm done," she says. "I think I'm done."

To see Bigad Shaban's report, click on the video in the player above.

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