Pasco home demolished to fix flooding problems

Port Richey neighborhood plagued in recent years
Posted at 5:35 PM, Jun 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-22 17:35:27-04

Brett Little is tired of seeing his streets flood every time there is serious rain fall.

“It’s been flooded four or five times. All the water collects down here.”

But the Holiday Hills subdivision in Port Richey may finally have a fix.

Thursday morning Pasco County crews started tearing down a home right across from Brett’s house.

The plan is to clear the land, and expand the stormwater retention pond next door.

“I think they are doing the best they can. You can only do so much in Florida.”

Just last year, flooding from Hurricane Hermine caused the sewer here to overflow, sending raw sewage into one home through a toilet.

“All the floors are ruined, carpets ruined. Pretty much anything that it touched,” Michael Sederquist said last year.

Thursday’s tear down is just the beginning.

Public works bought three other homes and is looking at buying even more to expand the drainage even further.

It’s all a welcome sight for 13-year-resident Sandra Walter who’s been trapped by flooding a few different times.

“We’ve had to bust through the back fence to get out to safety.”

Public Works is also resurfacing roads and using a temporary pump to keep things dry.

The whole project is expected to cost $1.1 million.

“We’ve got a nice little community and I know the rest of us are really glad to see this happen,” said Walter.