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Withlacoochee neighbors dread more rain

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Patrick Coney has been sloshing his way to and from his house for almost three months. Now he's getting ready for even more water.

"Everything is up off the floor a little bit and we'll just wait to see what happens," he said Friday.

Coney lives along the Withlacoochee River in Ridge Manor in northeast Hernando County. His house became an island in mid-June when Tropical Storm Debby rolled through.

That storm was followed by more rain, then Tropical Storm Isaac, and now there is a weekend forecast for more rain.

"Right now it's fine like that but if the storms pass by we'll get covered," offered CJ Siller.

According to Hernando County Emergency Management, the Withlacoochee River reached flood stage -- which is 12 feet -- last Sunday. The county is warning nearly 1,000 people who live near and other low-lying areas to be ready to leave.

"Basically just be prepared. One of my biggest things is be prepared," Siller continued.

A lot of rain sandwiched in between two tropical storms has given all that water no place to go -- other than the Withlacoochee River.

"[It's] rising about every day. The Green Swamp over here has been getting a lot of water and it all runs into this," observed William Corsley.

Patrick Coney says he's seen the Withlacoochee rise before. Although this is as deep it's gotten since he moved in seven years ago, he says he's not going to leave.

"I made about five or 10 trips in and out with groceries getting my supplies all ready to stay there, you know, because I'm not looking forward to moving out," he said.

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