More rain along Florida's coast Thursday kept at least 1,000 evacuated residents wondering when they could return to homes swamped by a four-day torrent that swept away a motorist and drowned a toddler.

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"We have to make sure everything is OK before we let people back in," Red Cross spokeswoman Rita Dralus said. "There are water moccasins and there are gators because ponds have overflowed, and electricity and water definitely don't mix."The National Guard was placed on alert as residents bailed out from the 9 to 15 inches of rain that has fallen along the state's central Gulf Coast since Sunday, turning streets into rivers and spilling sewage into living rooms.

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