When it rains, it pours in Pasco County - FOX 13 News

When it rains, it pours in Pasco County

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Flooding from T.S. Debby (file) Flooding from T.S. Debby (file)
NEW PORT RICHEY (FOX 13) -

Diane Martel spent all day Wednesday looking down a vent in her floor. She could see her reflection in the water.

She lives on Mango Street, which is flooded.

"We could lose our house," she complained. "The water just keeps coming up higher and higher."

The area has flooded three times in less than 30 days.

"The rain just keeps coming and coming and coming," said resident Ben Bonafonte.

The area is one of several In Pasco County that continue to flood weeks after Tropical Storm Debby. A brief period of quite weather was followed by repeated daily rain, often heavy rain.

"The flooding just keeps coming," Clearance Elwell said as he stood in knee-deep water.

"It's very difficult to watch some of this happen to people," Public Works Director Michael Garrett lamented.

There is little Garrett can do. Retention ponds that dot the county are full, some overflowing.

"Finally there is just so much water, the ground gets fully saturated, there is nowhere for all that water to go."

Although the repeated rainfall is not connected to Tropical Storm Debby, the damage can be claimed as storm-related, according to Emergency Management Director Annette Doying.

"This continued rainfall has been deemed by the state of Florida and the federal government as part of the (Debby) incident."

Now emergency managers hope for a prolonged dry spell.

FEMA aid for Debby victims: http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=63956

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