More flooding problems in Pasco County

FEMA still offering help

TRINITY, Fla. - Those living on Elfers Parkway know the scene well.  They were underwater after Tropical Storm Debby.

Now the Anclote River is overflowing again.

In Trinity, Dorothy Painter and her granddaughter, Katlin, had to figure out which vehicle they could safely use to get out of the driveway..

"It shouldn't be this flooded when it's really that little rain," said Katlin Driskell.

They just moved into the Thousand Oaks subdivision two months ago.

"We were told this was not a flood zone.  So we didn't get flood insurance," said Painter.

Officials with the Pasco County Stormwater Management Department say they had crews out all day checking on flooded neighborhoods, but there's not much they can do.

They say the ground is just too saturated because of Tropical Storm Debby, and there's nowhere for the water to go.

We saw several Stormwater Management trucks pull into to Thousand Oaks, but it turned out they weren't doing much about the water. They came to haul away the remnants of someone's living room floor.

"I can understand hurricanes, tropical storms, flooding is going to happen, but if it's going to flood this much every single time it rains, something's got to be done," said Driskell.  "This isn't safe."

FEMA is back in Pasco County offering help to those on Peony street in New Port Richey like Linda Caryl. She has a simple request. "Find me a new living environment, cause this one is not going to be livable."

FEMA says it's not too late to apply for aid. There is no end date. You can apply at http://www.fema.gov/assistance/index.shtm

"If you have received additional flooding as a result of these storms over the last few days, we want to make sure that you get registered with us," said Renee Bafalis, FEMA Public Information Officer.

In all the affected neighborhoods, residents aren't just blaming Mother Nature. 

In Trinity, for example, they say the trouble dates back to poor decisions when the Thousand Oaks subdivision was built. They are attempting to take legal action.

Meanwhile, Linda says her street is flooded thanks to a road construction project that happened years ago.
"Because the county officials messed up the drain down there, and they stopped it from draining off, so all it does is back up."

Officials say they are forced to be reactive to flooded areas, rather than proactive because of limited resources. So the best solution appears to be a break from all the rain.

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