Pasco County residents are dealing with flooded roads all over the county.
- Officials keep watchful eye on Anclote River, expected to rise
- US Highway 19 among roads affected
In Port Richey, four lanes were down to two on U.S. Highway 19 because of heavy flooding. Pasco County Fire Rescue was out Saturday evening assisting drivers who were having trouble.
Massachusetts Avenue just west of Congress Street also saw quite a bit of flooding.
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Bay News 9 followers on Twitter reported flooding at Little Road and Jasmine Boulevard and New Port Richey South Road.
According to county officials, other roads that were closed included: U.S. Highway 98 at County Road 54 in Lumberton; Gator Lane at Hilda Ann Road in Crystal Springs; Jasmine Boulevard in Port Richey; Old Dixie Highway at Sea Ranch in Hudson; and Green Key Road at Channelside Drive in New Port Richey.
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There were also dangerous driving conditions on State Road 54 in Ellfers.
Officials are keeping an eye on the Anclote River, which was expected to continue to rise.
Pasco County residents who want to report flooding or storm-related damage should call 727-847-2411.
The Easter weekend was a deadly one across Central Florida roads.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers say the holiday weekend mixed with spring break travelers usually makes March one of the deadliest months for the area.
Claudia Rushlow’s family and friends, from Michigan, are making their way through Central Florida on spring break. Rushlow says she’s noticed a disturbing trend on the roads.
“A lot of texting and driving, a lot of distracted driving,” said Rushlow.
FHP troopers say distracted driving – and sometimes drunk driving – mixed with all the spring break travelers, can make for a deadly combination.
On Saturday in Seminole County, six people were thrown out of a van as it tumbled across I-4 near the Longwood rest area. Investigators say a person killed in that crash, and two others killed in a crash in Sanford Sunday night had one thing in common – none of the victims were wearing seatbelts.
Troopers say you can’t control what other drivers are doing out on the road. But they say if you at least buckle up, you can give yourself a chance to survive a crash if you get into one.
“Be in the mindset when you get in that car that you can see anyone coming towards you. Wear your seatbelt, be paying attention, we always tell people to put down the phone. And if you can – just try to avoid the crash,” said Sgt. Kim Montes with FHP.
Rushlow says she does everything she can to prevent spring break from taking a tragic turn for the worse.
Troopers say alcohol is also to blame for the rise they usually see in fatal crashes. Montes says they find some drunk drivers are well over the legal limit during this time of year.