Severe flooding forces Largo residents from their homes

6 people at Autumn Chase, 1 unit at Somerset Apt.
Posted at 6:05 PM, Aug 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-31 18:39:14-04

Families in two Largo Apartment complexes were forced from their homes because of serious flooding.

Both the Autumn Chase Apartments and Somerset Apartments are impacted, according the Largo Fire Department.

At Autumn Chase, about 6 people were evacuated from apartments by the Largo Fire Dept. The fire department said they may have to shut power down because ground-level transformers are almost under water.

"The morning we woke up and we saw that the buildings are actually under water," said Colleen Rigatti, Autumn Chair Apartment manager.

"I'm just trying to get whatever I can get so that we can survive," said Alex Campos, an Autumn Chase resident, leaving with his cat Boots.

We asked him what options he now had.

"I'm not sure," Campos said. "Right now, my father in law but I'm not sure what we're going to do after that."

Some residents are growing frustrated with the repeated flooding problems at the complex.

"This is ridiculous," said Resident Lonzer Stewart Jr. "This is not the first time it happened. Why not take the precautions from the first time so that this won't happen again?"

The complex said they have taken all flood precautions possible, including dredging the ponds in January. Management said the water is flowing downhill from outside the complex. She is pushing for local leaders to do something.

"It's overflowing back there to where it drains into the inter coastal," Rigattii said, "It's all rubbage. They keep saying we'll come and take care of it and we'll come and take care of it."

The Somerset Apartments had to evacuate people in one unit.

As Tropical Storm Hermine continues to dump water on the Bay Area, residents are unsure if more families will soon have to be evacuated.

The families evacuated Wednesday morning are safe and are staying with friends and family, management said.