Saturday, January 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Weather

Heavy flooding, stranded motorists reported in Brooksville

BROOKSVILLE — Some of the heaviest rainfall of the summer flooded roads and stranded some motorists in their cars Thursday evening in and around Brooksville.

Most of the reports of problems were on the south side of town, particularly around the intersection of Broad Street and Cortez Boulevard, where there were reports of water as high as 3 feet.

Major flooding was reported at Horse Lake and Wiscon roads, at Broad and Oliver streets and at Fort Dade Avenue and Cobb Road.

Several shoppers at the Publix store on the south side of town could not get out of the flooded parking lot, where water was several feet deep.

Brandy Langley of Brooksville and her friend, Janie Robinson, were trying to get to the nearby Walmart Supercenter when police diverted Langley's car into the Publix lot. She tried to get out, but wasn't successful.

"(Robinson) said stop the car. I said hell no, we're going to get out of here, and I drove the car with the water coming up over the hood," said Langley.

The Save-A-Lot and Big Lots stores in the South Square Shopping Center at Broad and Cortez both had several inches of standing water.

"I've never seen anything quite like this before," said Peggy Romesberg of Brooksville, who was in the parking lot at South Square.

Authorities responded to Greenbriar Villa Apartments, off Cortez Boulevard, where minor flooding was reported in six to eight apartments.

"It's kind of scary when you're by yourself," said resident Janet Hess, who had soaked carpeting in her apartment.

More than 2 inches of rain was recorded in a short period of time at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport, south of Brooksville.

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