Sarasota County, Florida -- Tropical Storm Debby is long gone but homeowners are still dealing with the damage she's left behind.
It's taken a few days but the water has finally receded in the South Sarasota County neighborhood off River Road and US 41.
On Tuesday, the neighborhood along the Myakka River and nearby canals merged into a lake and flooded some homes.
"The river was in my living room," says Derrick Lang, who's renting a home on Myakka River Drive.
Lang uses cement blocks to help save his furniture from rising flood waters several inches high in his home.
Lang's adjacent apartment next door is in worse condition with about a foot of water inside.
"It is what it is, a natural disaster, what can you do? You wait it out and hope for the best."
Repairs are underway at La Casa Mobile Home Park in North Port where high winds from Tropical Storm Debby damaged more than 30 homes.
"Anything that's structural requires a permit," says Greg Yantorno, Sarasota County Building Official.
Sarasota County building officials say they are processing permits and warn homeowners against taking short cuts. They also warn against being scammed by unlicensed contractors may have criminal records and are usually uninsured.
"If they get hurt, your homeowners insurance will have to cover the expense," says Greg Yantorno, a Sarasota County building official. He adds, "Also, they're not going to be doing things per code."
Homeowners can check on a contractors licensing by going to scgov.net and clicking on "permitting/contract licensing." You can also go to the state's website at myfloridalicense.com.
This year's hurricane season is just a few weeks old and there are more than four months left to go. So the clock is ticking for homeowners whose houses have been damaged by Tropical Storm Debby to get the permits they need and make the repairs necessary before the next storm hits.