Flooding prompts mandatory evacuation order in parts of Pasco County

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - A mandatory evacuation was ordered Tuesday in the Trinity area of Pasco County after extensive flooding from Tropical Storm Debby.

The involved area includes Trouble Creek Road South to Old and SR 54, West Rowan, and as far east  as Little Road. Communities affected by the rising flood waters include Seven Springs Trailer Park, Mill Pond Estates and the surrounding housing developments.

The Anclote River crested at a little over 26 feet at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Normal flood stage is 20 feet.  Officials do not expect floodwaters to recede for a few more days, possibly into the weekend.

Deputies were going door-to-door by boat and high-profile vehicles to help transport those stranded to an emergency staging area at the Wal-Mart at SR 54 and Little Road.

According to a statement, residents may make arrangements for family members or friends to meet them at the staging area to arrange for other accommodations.   Public Transit Buses will be available to assist residents who require transportation to one of two storm shelters:

*The Mike Fasano Hurricane Shelter located at 11611 Denton Ave, in Hudson

*Chasco Elementary School located at 7906 Ridge Rd, Port Richey

In addition Sand and sandbags are available at:

*West Pasco Government Center, 7536 State St., New Port Richey

*7918 Rhodes Road, Hudson, Fire Station #10

*2952 Seven Springs Road, New Port Richey, Fire Station #17

*Mitchell Field (Park) located at 4711 Little Road

For more information citizens can call the Resident Information Line at 727-847-8137; for emergencies call 9-1-1.

OTHER RIVER FLOOD WARNINGS INCLUDE:

THE WITHLACOOCHEE RIVER AT TRILBY...CROOM...HOLDER AND DUNNELLON...
THE CYPRESS CREEK AT WORTHINGTON GARDENS...
THE LITTLE MANATEE RIVER AT WIMAUMA...
THE HILLSBOROUGH RIVER AT MORRIS BRIDGE AND ZEPHYRHILLS...
THE ALAFIA RIVER AT LITHIA...
THE MANATEE RIVER NEAR MYAKKA HEAD AND RYE BRIDGE...
THE MYAKKA RIVER AT THE MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK...
THE PEACE RIVER AT BARTOW AND ZOLFO SPRINGS.

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