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Pasco Tribune

County crews working to fend off flooding

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DADE CITY — Pasco County Housing Authority officials were deploying hundreds of sandbags at the Dade Oaks apartment complex Tuesday to stop encroaching rainwater.

“We’ve pumped off and on; we’ve been pumping off and on all summer due to the raining season, however right now it’s impacting residents downstream, single family residences coming toward town,” said Dianne Morris, executive director of the Pasco County Housing Authority. “At different times the city says we have to turn off pumping for now because we’re flooding others.”

Morris said there will be 700 sandbags placed in and around the Dade Oaks complex.

The 69-unit complex built in 1977 sits on 10 acres at the bottom of a drainage basin and has had recurring flood issues. Historical aerial photos show the land was once a lake.

County officials have been busy guarding against flooding. Water pumps are active on both sides of the county and sand bags were made available Monday night. Crews were sent out to scour flood-prone neighborhoods, monitor drainage ditches and then move on to other parts of the county.

Water is being pumped in the area of Little Road and Mitchell Boulevard, which sustained major flooding during Tropical Storm Debby.

A flood warning has been issued for Cypress Creek at Worthington Gardens, which could cause flooding in area rivers and streams in the coming days.

Sandbags are available to county residents in New Port Richey at the Pasco County Public Works Complex, 7530 State St., and in San Antonio at C- Barn, 3908 Warder Road.

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