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Floodwaters force residents from homes in Port Richey

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Dozens of residents in Port Richey were forced from their homes Wednesday morning, as emergency crews continue evacuations because of floodwaters in the area.

At the 173-unit Suncoast Gateway Mobile Village, off Ridge Road just east of U.S. 19, power was shut off as floodwaters went into electrical boxes.

People were quickly gathering belongings and rushing to safety, but not everyone.

"They said if we go out of the park, our vehicle is all I have and if I leave it then they said we couldn't come back into the park," said one resident who said they were staying despite the evacuation orders. "We're going to just hunker down. Like I said, it will be like camping I guess."

This comes a day after thousands were evacuated in New Port Richey because of floodwaters. County officials said they are assisting residents who wish to return to their homes in those areas.

LINK: More information at www.pascocountyfl.net

But the evacuation area still has the following impacted roads. Authorities say the roads are closed, but they are allowing limited access for residents on these streets

  • SR 54 from Mitchell Ranch Rd to Madison Street
  • Old County Road 54 from Little Road to County Road 54
  • Thys Road to Old County Road 54
  • Trouble Creek Road from Cecelia to Old Mill Pond Road

The flooding is affecting more than 7,000 people in the area. Overnight, two county shelters were opened and housed 73 residents and 15 pets, officials said.

Progress Energy also said it shut down power in 1,800 homes. The company is encouraging people to inspect their main breaker before turning power back on when they return home, and not to turn it on if water is in the electrical equipment.

Sand and Sandbags are still available at:

  • West Pasco Government Center, 7536 State St., New Port Richey
  • 7918 Rhodes Rd., Hudson, Fire Station #10,
  • 2952 Seven Springs Blvd., New Port Richey, Fire Station #17
  • Mitchell Field Park located at 4711 Little Rd, New Port Richey
  • 6907 Dairy Rd., Zephyrhills, Fire Station #1

Residents who were self-evacuated and are returning home will be asked for identification. The county urges people not to go out into any flood waters.

For more info, visit www.doh.state.fl.us or www.FloridaDisaster.org.

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