The Anclote River levels are going down, Pasco County officials said Thursday, and that's good news for many who remain out of their homes because of dangerous flooding conditions.
Emergency officials said the river went had gone down two feet already and was no longer cresting. However, it still was above flood state, but below the 100-year flood mark, officials said.
That's good news for folks at the 173-unit Suncoast Gateway Mobile Village in Port Richey, which is just off Ridge Road just east of U.S. 19. It was evacuated as floodwaters rolled in Wednesday.
And on Tuesday, thousands were evacuated in New Port Richey because of floodwaters. Many of those are finally returning home to survey the damage.
"I've never seen it this bad," homeowner Deanna Chapman said Thursday. "I will always leave. I will take my papers and things I need out a day ahead of time. I won't wait … I have some friends on the other end, and they got totally destroyed."
Pasco County building inspectors are still trying to work out the numbers on damage totals. They are expected to release that information in the next couple of days.
LINK: More information at www.pascocountyfl.net
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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