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Highlights of Tropical Storm Debby's impact in Pasco, Hernando counties

Pasco County

• The Anclote River is rising. Officials said it was 9 feet deep on Saturday. It was at flood level by Monday — 20 feet. It was expected to crest Monday evening and rise to 23 to 25 feet. Residents along the river were warned they should leave. "This is a major water event," said Eric Keaton, Pasco County public communications manager.

• The Pasco County Commission issued a local state of emergency Monday. Michele L. Baker, chief assistant county administrator, estimated the county could get up to 8 inches of rain this week, in addition to the nearly foot of rain the county received Sunday. The county also suffered possible tornado damage Sunday. The roof of the post office in Elfers was blown off. Trees were down throughout the county.

• Emergency crews helped evacuate several communities Monday, including Suncoast Gateway Mobile Village on Ridge Road, where residents were evacuated by boats. Residents in Thousands Oaks in Trinity hammered holes into the walls surrounding their community in hopes to relieve some of the flooding, which was waist high. Vehicles could not get in or out.

• Though most of the heavily damaged areas were in low-lying areas in western Pasco, areas in central and eastern Pasco also suffered flooding, including Quail Hollow, where residents complained about traffic sending water into their homes.

• Sections of major roads on the west side of the county remained closed Monday due to flooding.

• No injuries have been reported in Pasco from Tropical Storm Debby.

• Any Pasco resident needing evacuation assistance should call the county at (727) 847-8959. Workers can transport citizens to the Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter in Hudson. People with special medical needs and pets are welcome.

Hernando County

• About a half dozen homes were evacuated in the community of Brookridge, west of Brooksville, late Sunday. The area had the highest rainfall in Tampa Bay between 7 a.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday — about 141/2 inches.

• A dozen homes in the Imperial Estates mobile home park off Powell Road south of Brooksville were flooded.

• Significant flooding was reported at Clover Leaf Farms on the north side of Brooksville.

• Several roads in the Masaryktown area flooded, and deputies had to assist with evacuations.

• Mariner Boulevard near Claymore Street in Spring Hill was closed after sinkholes opened in the road. Sinkholes were also reported on Claymore.

• Sheriff's officials evacuated residents along flooded Quarterhorse Lane, off Wiscon Road south of Brooksville.

• Boy Scouts and Scout leaders were evacuated from the Sand Hill Scout Reservation on Monday, not for flooding but because of the tornado risk.

• Some sinkholes opened up on a taxiway at the Hernando County Airport, but the airport remained open.

• Spring Hill Drive was closed from California Street to U.S. 41 due to flooding.

• Northbound lanes of the Suncoast Parkway, north of State Road 50, were closed because of flooding.

• Northcliffe Boulevard near Central Park Drive in Spring Hill, Fort Dade Avenue at Citrus Way and U.S. 98 at Cobb Road were all reported to be underwater early Monday.

• By midafternoon Monday, the Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative reported 54 Hernando customers were still without power. Progress Energy reported that 547 of its Hernando customers were still experiencing power outages.

• Peck Sink, where the county recently spent $1.3 million to build a series of berms to filter stormwater, was completely submerged.

• Roads were reportedly washed out in numerous places, including Sweet Gum Road, Ash Street and Harris Hawk Road.

Highlights of Tropical Storm Debby's impact in Pasco, Hernando counties 06/25/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 6:35pm]
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