Man turns down rescue during governor's tour of flooded neighborhood

Governor Scott tours Hermine flooding

ELFERS, FL -- North Florida was hammered directly by Hurricane Hermine. But on Sunday, Governor Rick Scott said Pasco County suffered the worst flooding impact in the state. That’s why rescue crews were out all day hitting water.

“If there's an evacuation, we've got to take this seriously,” Scott said during a briefing at the Pasco County Emergency Management Center.

Scott touched down to see the flooding caused by Hermine first hand. He's been here before, just last year when almost a month of rain pounded the same areas.

When he toured the Elfers neighborhood, overrun by the Anclote river, dogs barked from the background of one home with the base covered in water. A crew from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office went to the home and a rescue attempt was turned down.

“We need to get ahead of this, we need to listen,” Scott added.

Getting ahead for some might mean leaving this area for good. That's the case for James and Kara Robbins because their home is underwater. Again. 

“Yep, and it happened last year too; so we didn't think it'd happen two years in a row,” Kara said.

“We had to go get some stuff from our house.”

“Pretty upset, you know, for something that was supposed to be fixed after last year's flood,” James said.

While they'd like to see something done, they've had enough. 

“We can't stay here; especially if they aren't going to fix the problem,” James added.

According to the county, everyone who wanted to be evacuated from the Elfers area has been helped from their home.

The county also said the Anclote River is the only river in the U.S. at major flood stage. It’s expected to recede from that point by 8 a.m. Monday. 


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