Some ready to sell to get out of flooded Pasco County

Governor Scott tours Hermine flooding

Of the 15 heads in beds inside the Red Cross shelter in Hudson, six belong to the Rivera family.

"I went to bed [and] there was no water on my grounds -- nothing. The river looked fine. I woke up to water going into the cabin of my truck," said David Rivera.

Rivera and his family had just moved into a mobile home along the Anclote River in Elfers. He says he didn't realize the danger that could come with it.

"All I cared about was my kids. My kids, my wife, let's get out of here," Rivera said.

Good Samaritans snagged the family onto a boat to take them to safety. Jasmine Rivera is angry because she called 911 Saturday morning and no help came.

"911 told us to self-evacuate, we tried to explain that it was impossible the water was already rising," Jasmine said.

Pasco County blames a faulty sensor in the river for a lack of early warnings to residents. Many of whom say they are tired of going with the flow, and their frustrations are rising with these floods that seem to be becoming a routine.

"The county didn't fix it. It was supposed to be fixed to where this wouldn't happen after last year but it's still a problem now and will be a problem next year and the year after that," said resident James Robbins.

County commissioner Kathryn Starkey floated the idea during a tour with the Governor that the government should step in and buy these vulnerable properties.

"Common sense [says] if we can help these people to another area where they won't have to experience this," Starkey said.

And some are ready to sell.

"If this is going to do this every year, we can't stay here," Robbins said.


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