Alligators Invade Fla. Restaurant After Outdoor Eating Area Floods

OVIEDO, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A restaurant’s outdoor eating area flooded and is bringing alligators and snakes right up to it.

The Black Hammock restaurant sits on the shoreline of the St. John’s River, which feeds into Lake Jesup.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the river is more than four feet about its normal levels.

Parts of the outdoor eating area at Black Hammock are now four feet under water.

“There was some people sitting at this table over here, and probably five or six feet out in the water, there’s a small 3-to-4-foot gator watching them eat,” Ray Buckner, a customer at the restaurant, told WKMG-TV.

According to the station, an area where private parties are held are underwater, as well as some decks and docks.

The restaurant is currently still open but many feel that more rainfall could make the problem worse.

“It’s a nice, laid-back place to come,” Bucker told WKMG.

 

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