2,500 living in evacuation zones in Pasco County are anxious to get back into their homes.
Monday morning residents in Elfers and other areas of the county hit hard by Hurricane Hermine and the Anclote River flooding have high hopes that they’ll be able to start living in their homes, apartments and trailers again soon.
The Anclote River is now below its major flood stage, after cresting over the weekend at 25 feet.
Hurricane Hermine hammered Pasco County harder than anywhere else in the state. High water from both the hurricane and the Anclote River is making living in the Elfers area particularly difficult.
The Anclote river rapidly rose in the days following Hurricane Hermine, surprising many when they woke up to waist deep water flowing down Elfers Parkway.
15 people slept in a Red Cross Shelter in Hudson Sunday night, hundreds of others stayed with family members and friends. Many chose not to evacuate at all, which Pasco County leaders say is not only dangerous, but irresponsible.
Pasco County received up to 20 inches of rain during Hermine.
Residents are begging Governor Rick Scott for a long-term solution. Governor Scott toured the hardest hit areas over the weekend and vowed to try to find a fix to the persistent flood problems plaguing Pasco County. During Governor Rick Scott's tour of the area Sunday, several residents voiced frustration that the flooding has become all too regular. Scott pledged to find solutions to the chronic problem, but did not specify exactly what will be done.
County leaders are expected to reevaluate the area early this week to determine if it is safe for Paso County residents to return to their homes.
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