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Residents in one Palm Beach County community won't take a tropical storm for granted

"It's only a category one storm," is not something you should say to residents in Deer Run in western Palm Beach County.

Exactly three years ago, the community got nearly twenty inches of rain within just twenty-four hours from Tropical Storm Isaac, according to officials with the South Florida Water Management District.

The rains flooded the community, leaving residents stranded for days.

"It was just supposed to be a basic tropical storm. Nobody was worried about anything. We just made sure to have plenty of food and water," says Deer Run resident Katie Hoog.

But she and the others living in her community learned there was nothing basic about Isaac.

"The water kept coming and coming.. and it never stopped. For days and days. And we were stuck in Deer Run," Katie says.

Her two show horses, Taylor and Gimmick, didn't have much room to run or exercise due to the flood waters.

After Isaac, Katie invested $6,500 in a walker machine which is elevated, so they can burn off energy and avoid getting injured if another storm like that hit the area.

Linda Jones also felt the effects of Isaac.

"I've never felt so trapped before," she says.

She and her husband were stuck inside their home for more than a week.

She says the power went off and on for ten days, while the flood waters slowly receded.

"We were pretty much getting cabin fever."

She says people should never underestimate a storm based on its category.

She says she and her husband did when Isaac hit, and they learned their lesson the hard way.

"Do everything you're supposed to do in a hurricane and remember it might look like it's small, but it's a very big deal," Linda says.

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