Tarpon Springs, Florida --While the rain may have put a damper on some people's plans Thursday, it hascaused a flooding mess for a neighborhood in Tarpon Springs.
10 News first investigated this storyabout a month ago when residents living along Old Keystone Road and Meadows Drive complained about excess water in their yards, which was causing damage to their property.
Not much has been done to dry up the mess and Thursday's downpour just made things one big disaster.
"This was dry this morning," says Charles Zidar, who lives along old Keystone Road and Meadows Drive and says his front yard is now a lake.
"This is part of our problem. The floor is cracked because of saturation," says Zidar inside his home.
While Zidar has popped tile, his next door neighbor Bernard Hiedecker has a popped pool.
"You can see it all bellowing down. Its higher than the rest of the thing," says Hiedecker.
For months, these neighbors say water has taken over their property and the county says they are trying to get to the bottom of it.
"I know they are struggling," says Kelli Levy, the section manager for Natural Resources of Pinellas County.
The county admits that a construction project at the water treatment plant next door shut down a pump station for a few months.
"Way to much water. No pumping. It's not what we want out there for the residents," says Levy.
But if things weren't wet enough, the county confirms Tampa Bay water located across the street also added to the water buildup.
"When they were doing a by-pass, they had to release about 450,000 gallons of water," says Levy.
News like this hasresidents feeling like they are up a creek without a paddle.
The county says the pumps that were down are back running again and should be working regularly and residents should finally see some relief. They will also try and see if any more drainage of ditches may help in the future.
Tampa Bay Water says they did have a permit to dump the water. They also tell 10 News that they dumped the water away from the neighborhood and Old Keystone Road shouldn't have been affected.
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