Pasco County residents deal with heavy rain, are wary of flooding

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Monday brought pouring rain to the Bay News 9 viewing area, and one county that was hit hard by flooding last year is trying to prevent it from happening again.

  • Residents placing sand bags at homes, businesses
  • County trucks move water throughout day
  • Area dealt with major flooding last year

People have been preparing since the weekend, picking up hundreds of sand bags just in case it floods.

"I waited too long last time, so this time I tried to do it a little bit earlier," said resident Jonathan Stratton.

Stratton lives off Moog Road — he picked up 23 bags Monday. "Just basically putting the bags in front of my garage door, because once it comes in the garage it comes into the house," he said.

As of 3:30 p.m. Monday, no homes had been flooded. County trucks were moving water throughout the day. One in Port Richey was pumping 6,000 gallons of water per truck load.

"The trucks, they’re helping, but it’s just an ongoing battle," said resident Joshua Beardmore.

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Beardmore said that last summer, the water got into his home. Fortunately it was only up to his driveway Monday.

The county is monitoring several areas in case things get worse.

Mary Jane Monaco of Hudson prepared Sunday. "I got water, some food, obviously animal food that was my first priority to get them set," Monaco said.

Monaco prays the rain will hold off and that she won’t have to dip into her supplies.

"I don’t know what we would do if it floods," she said.

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August 8, 2016 |

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