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
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:
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.
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