Communities near Bass Lake struggle to stay dry

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The storm is long gone, but the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine is persisting in parts of Pasco County.

  • Over a thousand homes in Pasco Co. were impacted by Hermine
  • Several residences along Bass Lake are still dealing with major flooding
  • One resident used 250 sandbags to secure his home

Brian Hershelman of Bass Lake thought his home might just survive Hermine after the storm made its way through on Friday. He’s since learned Mother Nature had other plans.

“Between Saturday and now it’s just done this slow, slow, slow, inching crawl, so it’s really been unnerving because you almost think it’s going to stop and go down and it’s not,” said Hershelman.

As the weekend rain continued, Bass Lake rose.

“There hasn’t been a lot of sleep," said Hershelman, "I managed a little bit at night but then all the sudden the fear jerks me up and I have to go scout the perimeter and see what’s going on.”

On Saturday, Hershelman’s friends and family stormed his home to help, lining his house with 250 sandbags and plastic wrap. So far it’s done the trick.

“God answered our prayers, I thought he’d answer the prayers by receding the water, but he sent us help.”

But a few houses down, Amy Murray’s home flooded, and the stress is taking its toll.

“Financially and mentally I’m exhausted," said Murray.

According to Murray, her home took on so much water because of a clogged drain that sits near her home, at the intersection of Wicker Lane and Bass Lake Drive.

“I watched it rise," she said. "I watched it fill my yard and come in my doors from the drain being clogged up. It had nothing to do with the lake at that moment."

Murray said the county said it would fix the problem, but the public works director said he is not aware of any complaints.

“They promised me last year that they were going to fix this," said Murray.

Murray said she’s looking to move. Until then though, she’s scrambling with her neighbors to stay dry.

There is a recommended evacuation for Bass Lake, and the area is still under mandatory evacuation orders.

A thousand homes and properties in Pasco County have been impacted by the storm. Nearly 300 have major damage, and nine are destroyed.

Bay News 9 – news

September 6, 2016 |

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