Flooding problems plague Port Richey neighborhood

County officials working on fix for years
Posted at 5:01 PM, Aug 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-09 17:22:31-04
We are walking through what was John Langlois’ front lawn.
“It’s just going to keep coming,” he said.
Now his yard is covered in close to two feet of water, creeping closer and closer to his front door.
“Right now we are looking at our options of where we can go so I can at least get my family out of the house and my animals,” Langlois said.
After a steady rain early Tuesday, the flooding on Ironbark Drive in Port Richey got worse than it was Monday.
“It was to the barricades. But now it’s coming up our road now,” resident Jennifer Kirkpatrick said.
But people living on this street said Pasco County officials have known about the problem with this retention pond for years.
A 2014 email to residents from Public Works Director Mike Garrett said they increased the pond size, but it didn’t help. 
The email also mentions that a “permanent pump station may be the only viable option.”
That pump station was never built. Joshua Beardmore calls it poor planning.
“All the water just comes to right here to this retention pond and it has nowhere to go,” he said.
A temporary pump is transferring water to this tanker truck, 6,000 gallons at a time. 
But it doesn’t seem to be making a dent.
There are other streets affected, like Foxbloom Drive, also in Port Richey.
And officials are keeping an eye on past trouble spots in Trinity.
Water isn’t the only problem.
A gator showed up at one home on Linebrook Drive in Trinity.
And back on Ironbark Drive, Cassy Langlois found fire ants in her flooded out car.
“It’s not fun," she said.
The only ones enjoying all this water are the ducks.
6-year-old Blake’s parents taught him to stay out of it.
“They said it’s nasty water.”
The rain finally let up Tuesday afternoon and three Pasco County trucks used a vacuum-like system to help the flood waters recede.