LARGO — Massive flooding caused firefighters to evacuate 54 residents from Mariner's Cove Mobile Home Park Friday afternoon, fire officials said.
It happened at 5796 Ulmerton Road near U.S. 19. at about 4 p.m., officials said. Dozens of firefighters from Largo Fire Rescue and other agencies used rafts to ferry residents from the park, and the American Red Cross used buses to ferry many of them to an overnight shelter, officials said. Progress Energy cut power to the park as a precaution, officials said.
Most of the flooding was expect to clear out on its own as the rains slowed down overnight, fire officials said. The park sits in a low-lying area that also flooded during heavy rains in 2006, causing damage to 90 percent of 72 homes.
A child who fell and was injured while trying to leave the park was taken to All Children's Hospital with minor injuries, firefighters said. No one else was hurt.