Flooded with problems, Pasco making choices about priorities

The parking lot is a pond.  Kids stepping out of their front doors, trying to catch tadpoles.  Adults worry they'll be catching something else.

"God only knows what's in that water," said Tina Borrero.  "It scares me for my kids."

The parking lot at Orangewood Lake Apartments has been flooded since Hurricane Hermine last week.

Over six inches of standing, stagnant water stranding some.

"People like me who have walkers and stuff, they can't get out," said resident Carol Russo.

Russo says she's missed four church services so far.

"To me, it's not right," Russo said.

Flooded with problems around the Pasco County, emergency managers say the flooded parking lot just isn't a priority.  Emergency services can still access apartments even though some have a hard time leaving them.  Resources they say are required elsewhere health and safety is at risk, such as flooded homes or improperly working septic tanks.

The residents say they know what that means.  They had the same problem last summer.

"We had to wait a month and a half until it all dried up," Borrero said.

Hermine left lots of problems in Pasco:

Some ready to sell and leave Pasco County

Residents anxious to return home

Flooded resident blame county


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