Pumping in Pasco County helping to prevent homes from flooding, but some residents are fearful

Residents love pump, others want pump

PASCO COUNTY - Trinity is an area that use to flood when the rain came down, but thanks to county pumping, the water level has stayed down and the Trinity area seems to be keeping its head and homes above water.

For the last two days, Pasco County has been running a pump at Little Road and Mitchell Boulevard.

The idea is simple--- move the water that is building up, in and around a wetland area faster than it would go on its own.

The pump itself is pushing 800 gallons of water through a 6,000 foot pipe chain that runs down Mitchell Boulevard into another wetland area, away from Trinity.

For Thousand Oaks resident Pat Alen, the pump is more than welcome.

"Each year we cross our finger and say, 'Please don't let us flood. Please don't let us flood,'" Alen said.

And with the pump going, it hasn't so far this year. 

This is a welcome surprise to area residents, some of whom still have sandbags at their by their homes.

But just three miles down Little Road,  it is a different story in the Woodtrail Condominiums in New Port Richey.

The residents in those condos are concerned because of what they experienced last year from Tropical Storm Debbie. 

At that time, they almost went under because the water was so high. 

So the complex bought it's own pump.

But according to residents, the county told them to stop pumping their area. County officials say they asked them to stop pumping because they were moving their problem water into a county ditch that was spilling out private land, which is not permitted.

So the county is talking with the Army Corp. of Engineers as well as The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWIFTMUD) to try and come up with a solution to the Woodtrail problem.

However, the area was developed so long ago that everything around it was held to newer standards when the area expanded. 

This this means everything else sits on higher ground, making Woodtrail the bottom of the bowl.

This has Woodtrail resident, Gary Pawloski, concerned because they almost went completely under when Tropical Storm Debbie hit.

"If we have another two full days of rain...we'll be right back to where we were, if not worse than last year," he said.

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