NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - Residents who live near Bass Lake all say the same thing -- it's stinky, smelly, and steamy.
After massiveflooding from Tropical Storm Debby,debris is now stopping the flow of water in nearby lakes, which means septic tanks are overflowing and oozing raw sewage into lawns anddriveways.
Entire streets area mix of storm water and smelly sewage. It'scertainly a nasty combination on a hot day in Pasco County where raw sewage is seeping into the ground. Resident Stan Shaver says he's had enough. "There's no words to describe the level of frustration I have with this issue and the county's neglect."
His neighbor, Kim Proebster, wholeheartedly agrees."Just start all over, that's all you have to do is start all over."
Longtime residents like Kim and her daughter are disgusted with the damage. Each day they're forced to bleach their feet after walking through sewage-filled water that runs all the way down their street.
Kim told 10 News, "I figured it would come up and go back down quickly, but it didn't."
Flood waters in nearby Bass Lake are not receding fast enough, which means septic tanks are overflowing with sewageseeping into the soil.
People who livein the areasay there's too much debris in Bass Lake to have it flow smoothly and drain properly. They claim the county isn't doing nearly enough. Kim said, "I think the county needs to go out there every day, every morning, to check on it."
Her neighbor, Stan, says he's fed up with calling the county. "I have called the county and asked them to remove the debris and it has yet to be done."
We went straight to the county and asked what is being done to help these people. Commissioner Henry Wilson told us, "We're doing everything we can. We had a lot of water in a 24-hour period, 48-hour period. We're doing everything possible."
Commissioner Wilson says the staff is working around the clock to pump out millions of gallons of water, that all stationary pumps are working at full capacity, and that debris is being removed. In fact, the area near the Anclote River, whichwasone of the areas hardest hit,has seen noticeable improvement with the water receding. But, everyone agreesit is a slow process for both county staff and residents and a frustrating one.
Wilson said, "I truly understand what they're going through. I know staff is doing everything they can to get it done as quickly as possible."
Stan told us he's going to the county building Tuesday morning withhisneighborsto voice his frustration."We feel like third class citizens over here. They have neglected us, they ride through here and look and do nothing."
County commissioners assure residents that everything is being done to help the water recede, and commissioners encourage residents to come forward with any problems.