Family fights to save home from flooding

Neighbors pitch in to help family with high water

ODESSA, Fla. - A Hillsborough County family is fighting to save their home after flood waters came to their back doorstep. Heavy rain caused Lake Osceola, which sits about fifty yards from Marcia Austin's home, to overflow.

Austin says she came home from work Monday and found the water at her porch.  Her backyard was submerged.  The water rose to about a foot and a half.

"I walked in the door, and came out here on the back porch.  Basically, the rain was very close to being here on the deck. By Tuesday it was at the deck," she said.

Austin's family uses a pump to channel the water back into the lake and stacked sandbags around the home. She said Tropical Storm Debby wasn't even this bad.

Austin said, "There's really no comparison. We've lives here 28 years and we've weathered a lot of tropical storms.  A lot of hurricanes and we've never seen anything like this."

Brian Pike is the former neighborhood association president. He tells us part of the problem comes from the subdivision across the lake.  "The retention ponds that fill the lake so you get not only rain but you also get the runoff from all that filling the lake at all one time."

In the meantime, all the family can do is wait for this water level to go down and hope the area doesn't get heavy rainfall anytime soon.

Neither the Hillsborough County Public Works Division nor the Southwest Florida Water Management District said they could help the family. A Hillsborough County family is fighting to save their home, after flood waters came to their back doorstep. Heavy rain caused Lake Osceola, which sits about fifty yards from Marcia Austin's home, to overflow.

Austin says she came home from work Monday and found the water at her porch. Her backyard was submerged. The water rose to about a foot and a half. Austin said, "I walked in the door and came out here on the back porch and basically, the rain was very close to being here on the deck. By Tuesday it was at the deck."

Austin's family uses a pump to channel the water back into the lake and stacked sandbags around the home. She says Tropical Storm Debby wasn't even this bad. Austin said, "There's really no comparison. We've lives here 28 years and we've weathered a lot of tropical storms. A lot of hurricanes and we've never seen anything like this."

Brian Pike is the former neighborhood association president. He tells us part of the problem comes from the subdivision across the lake. Pike said, "The retention ponds that fill the lake so you get not only rain but you also get the runoff from all that filling the lake at all one time."

In the meantime, all the family can do is wait for this water level to go down and hope the area doesn't get heavy rainfall anytime soon. ABC Action News called both the Hillsborough County Public Works Division and the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Neither group said they could help the family.

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