Anclote River too dangerous for overnight rescues

Mandatory evacuations in Pasco County

It's a flood everyone should have seen coming even days after Hurricane Hermine because we've seen it before.  The Anclote River leaving its banks and into the streets.

"I've been calling emergency management and they're telling me it's not going to flood but I've been telling them it's going to," said Elfers resident Doug Hall.

"We called 911 around 9:30 this morning and they said there was no evacuations in place," said Jasmine Ridera.

Ridera and her family were helped to evacuate a few hours later by Good Samaritans who brought their boat to the Ridera's front door.

"We're extremely grateful right now," Ridera said.

"We just moved here, we had no idea this was going to happen and we're only about a week old with the house and six inches of water was in the home," said David Ridera.

The Ridera's and their four kids were brought to dry land, but many others in the neighborhood are staying put.

"We'll just ride it out," said Jacci Smith. "So long as they don't turn our power off and our pumps keep working and we can keep the water almost manageable in our homes; but as soon as they turn our power off, all of our pumps stop working and we're done."

The water in the river is moving so fast, it's too dangerous for high water rescue teams to help with evacuations.  Officials have been telling whoever chose not to evacuate, to shelter in place until daylight, just as the river continues to rise further above major flood stage at over 25 feet.


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