Pasco: Flood advisory brings shoulder shrug on county's west side

Duke Energy said the last two schools in Pasco with electrical outages — Pineview Elementary and Pineview Middle in Land O’Lakes — would be ready to reopen Monday. 
Duke Energy said the last two schools in Pasco with electrical outages — Pineview Elementary and Pineview Middle in Land O’Lakes — would be ready to reopen Monday. 
Published Sept. 16, 2017

Pasco County advised residents of three flood-prone neighborhoods in west Pasco to seek shelter elsewhere, but residents responded Friday with a shrug.

On Thursday night, the county recommended that residents near Bass Lake, Lake Worrell and in Crane's Roost evacuate for higher ground because the forecast for rainfall could exacerbate the already high water left behind by Hurricane Irma.

There are approximately 470 homes in the three neighborhoods that are north and east of the intersection of Ridge and Little roads. The area flooded each of the past two years, and on Friday morning water covered Brookwood Drive in Bass Lake Estates, and orange and white barricades marked the high water elsewhere.

"It does it every year. We're used to it,'' said Debbie Centella, 46, of Wicker Drive.

RIVER FLOODING: The National Weather Service extended its flood warning for the Anclote River in Elfers until this morning. The warning had been scheduled to expire Friday, but at 9 a.m. the river measured 21.4 feet, still above the 20-foot flood stage. The river was expected to drop below flood stage overnight Friday.

Cypress Creek in the Lutz-Land O'Lakes area crested about 11 a.m. Friday "and should remain steady for the next several days,'' the weather service said.

Meanwhile, drainage into the Hillsborough River means its level won't decline as quickly as projected, and minor flooding along the river near Zephyrhills is expected to continue until at least Sunday morning, the weather service said.

The Withlacoochee River at Trilby was at 15.81 feet Friday afternoon, nearly 5 feet above flood stage, and was expected to reach major flood stage over the weekend.

SHELTERS: Late Friday morning, 42 people remained at the Mike Fasano Hurricane Shelter in Hudson.

SCHOOLS: Not every Pasco public school reopened to teachers and staff Friday because of continued power outages. Pineview Elementary and Pineview Middle schools in Land O'Lakes, served by Duke Energy, remained without power Friday afternoon. District officials said they had been assured by the power company that the schools would be ready to open Monday morning.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION: Donations that came to the former Super Target store in Odessa this week will be distributed at Metropolitan Ministries in Holiday and at Restored Hope in Dade City at 9 a.m. Saturday. The inventory will be shared with the Rope Center in Hudson and Volunteer Way in New Port Richey.

Nonperishable food and water will be distributed from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday, and starting at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, at the Metropolitan Ministries outreach center at 3214 U.S. 19, Holiday, and at Restored Hope, 13703 17th St., Dade City.

Pasco County and Metropolitan Ministries also are seeking donations. Drop them off at the former Super Target store at State Road 54, just west of the Suncoast Parkway. The most-needed items are canned chicken and tuna, cereal, peanut butter, canned soup, vegetables and pasta, bread, crackers, ice, water, baby formula, hygiene items, diapers, wipes, toilet paper and paper towels.