In Chapters 19-25 of The Yearling, where has Doc Watson gone and why?

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According to a note left by Doc Watson, he has left the area to escape the floodwaters created by the storm. His note reads,

     "I have gone toward the ocean where this much water ain't so peculiar. I mean to stay drunk until the storm is over. I will be somewhere between here and the ocean. Please don't come after me unless it's a broke neck or a baby. Doc.

     P.S. If it's a broke neck no use anyway."

A terrible storm has stricken the area, and in its aftermath the Baxters and the Forresters have joined forces to assess the damage wreaked upon their environs. The go down the road leading to Doc Wilson's house, which appears "dark and shadowy under...great trees." Water stands "ankle-deep" around the house; the water had at its worst covered the floor and warped the boards of the veranda. Wondering why anyone would want to live in such a dark, dank place, the men proceed warily up the front steps, and find Doc's message tacked to the door. Finding that Doc has escaped from the flood, at least temporarily, the Baxters and Forresters have a good laugh at the facetious ending of his note, and continue on in their explorations (Chapter 20).