NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla.- While conditions elsewhere are improving, life for residents along Sunrise Way is only getting worse. Their neighborhood is still filled with water, runoff from other communities that flooded.
The Fields family uses a pickup truck to ferry themselves between their flooded out home and dry land. Their entire street is filled with brown, smelly water.
"It's bad," says Irene Fields. "There's feces, there's trash, there's rats, there's snakes. There's fish in the yard."
Fields says their neighborhood didn't flood during Debby, but started filling up with water days later when storm water from other neighborhoods started flowing into nearby Bass Lake. She says dam overflow drains are clogged with debris, a problem the county has been slow to address.
"There's tree limbs, there's trash, it's all blocking the water from going out," says Fields.
Irene's in-laws live next door. They too are struggling, getting in and out of their home.
"My mother-in-law is in a wheelchair. She depends on her little scooter to get her around. She can't get through this water."
The Fields say they've contacted the county for help but have seen little action. "I really feel forgotten, because I've called them numerous times. I keep making complaints about it and nobody has been out here."
All while the smelly problem continues getting worse.
"It's a week...We should not still see water rising."