Voluntary evacuation order in effect for select Pasco County residents

Voluntary evacuations ordered for Bass Lake-area
Posted at 5:29 AM, Sep 15, 2017

Water is still rising in Pasco County after Hurricane Irma, and it's so bad, voluntary evacuations are underway. Overnight on Thursday, Pasco County started voluntary evacuations in the Bass Lake area. 

The recommended voluntary evacuation is for residents in Lake Worrell Acres, Cranes Roost, Bass Lake, and the surrounding areas.

Emergency management said they're expecting water to continue to rise and they're asking anyone who evacuates to stay with family or friends until the water goes down. They're also keeping the Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter, located at 11611 Denton Avenue in Hudson open for evacuations.

This isn't the only part of Tampa Bay still experiencing flooding after Irma. In Hernando County, evacuations are happening along theWithlacoochieRiver. Since Irma, the river is at a moderate flood stage of more than 15-feet and is supposed to rise several more feet this weekend. 

RELATED | Voluntary evacuation order in effect for Withlacoochee River-area residents

"Overwhelming, to be honest with you. Scary! My kids, they don’t know really whats going on," Krystal Stemen, whose home flooded, said. 

Some families have no electricity and nowhere to go.