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Power cut to flooded areas in Pasco County as precaution

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 06:57 PM

Power has been cut off in flooded areas in Pasco County, to ensure that residents who stayed in the evacuated zones aren't electrocuted, according to emergency officials.

There is no timetable for when power will be restored, officials said.

The county ordered a mandatory evacuation this morning for several communities affected by floodwaters related to Tropical Storm Debby.

About noon, the evacuation order was extended for communities at risk to flooding between the Anclote and Pithlachascotee Rivers. The boundaries are as follows:

The western boundary of the evacuation area is the Anclote River/Thys Road; the eastern boundary is Little Road; the northern boundary is Plathe Road; the southern boundary begins on Perrine Ranch Road and runs east to Perrine Ranch Road, turns north on Seven Springs Boulevard, then runs east along Mitchell Ranch Road and continues east on State Road 54 to Little Road.

The evacuation also includes other locations ordered evacuated by local authorities due to conditions posing a threat to life, health or safety.

Communities affected by the rising waters include Seven Springs Trailer Park, Mill Pond Estates and the surrounding housing developments.

In New Port Richey, homes were damaged in the Tanglewood Terrace subdivision on Sunday from a tornado, city officials said. Tornado damage within the city limits has been estimated at $650,000.  No one was injured.

There was limited damage to city facilities.  Grey Preserve and Grand Boulevard parks are closed due to flooding.  The city also has two lift stations that are inoperable at this time.

A voluntary evacuation order was issued and the power was shut off at 2 p.m. today at the Harborview Mobile Home Park on Louisiana and Congress avenues.

The Red Cross has opened shelters at these locations:

Three elementary schools — Seven Springs, Cotee River and Deer Park — also were evacuated, the Pasco County School District reported.

The Seven Springs students were taken to Schrader Elementary, and the Cotee River and Deer Park students were evacuated to Gulf Highlands Elementary.

The school district planned to transport summer school students home, though it was possible buses would be late.

The schools also operate summer childcare programs, and those students aren't normally transported by the district. Parents of those children were instructed to pick up their children at the school to which they were evacuated.

The school district was attempting to contact all the parents individually, according to Summer Romagnoli, a school district spokeswoman.

In the evacuated area, sheriff's deputies were going door to door via boat and high-profile vehicles to provide safe passage to an emergency staging at the Wal-Mart at State Road 54 and Little Road.

Residents may make arrangements for family members or friends to meet them at the staging area.

Residents in need of evacuation should call 911 to coordinate with emergency responders in the field.

Residents who can evacuate independently are encouraged to take their disaster kit in their vehicle and drive to friends, family or hotels out of the flooded area. For information, call (727) 847-8959.

Public buses are also available to assist residents who require transportation to shelters at Chasco Elementary School, 7906 Ridge Road, and the Fasano Shelter, at 11611 Denton Ave. in Hudson.

Special needs residents and residents with pets should evacuate to the Fasano shelter.

Rains from Tropical Storm Debby have caused flooding above the 100-year flood level, the news release said. The Anclote and Cotee rivers are above flood stage.

Residents are advised not to wade or swim in possible contaminated waters. The county Health Department said floodwater may contain fecal material, associated bacteria, viruses and other pollutants.

The county is offering sand and sandbags at:

Flooding problems weren't limited to the evacuation zone.

Lianne Noel, who lives on Alvernon Drive in the Riverside Crossing subdivision east of Little Road, said the storm transformed her street into a waterway. She estimated the water in front of her house was more than 3 feet deep.

"All of us on our street are trapped," she said.

Some motorists kept driving down the street despite the flooding, even after Noel went outside to try to warn them away. A Honda stalled in the middle of the road and stayed there for several hours, Noel said.

She thought that at least would deter other drivers, but they came anyway, maneuvering around the stuck car and creating wakes that lifted the Honda and moved it. Noel said eventually the Honda's owner returned and pushed the car out of the water.

Noel said she tried to contact emergency officials to close the road before someone was injured, but had no success.

"It's never been like this before," she said.

PASCO COUNTY SHELTER LOCATIONS

Centennial Middle School
38505 Centennial Road
Dade City, FL 33525

Chasco Elementary School
7906 Ridge Road
Port Richey, FL 34668

Connerton Elementary School
9300 Flourish Drive
Land O’ Lakes FL 34637

Denham Oaks Elementary School
1422 Oak Grove Blvd
Lutz, FL 33559

Double Branch Elementary School
31500 Chancey Rd
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543

J.W. Mitchell High School
2323 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL 34655

Lacoochee Elementary School
38815 Cummer Road
Dade City, FL 33523

Longleaf Elementary School
3253 Town Avenue
New Port Richey, FL 34655

New River Elementary School
4710 River Glen Blvd
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543

Oakstead Elementary School
19925 Lake Patience Road
Land O' Lakes, FL 34638

Odessa Elementary School
1874 Ketzal Drive
New Port Richey FL 34655

Pineview Elementary School
5333 Parkway Blvd.
Land O' Lakes, FL 34639

Raymond B. Stewart Middle
38505 Tenth Ave.
Zephyrhills, FL 33542

River Ridge Middle School
11646 Town Center Rd.
New Port Richey, FL 34654

Schrader Elementary School
11041 Little Rd.
New Port Richey, FL 34654

Seven Oaks Elementary School
27633 Mystic Oak Blvd.
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543

Seven Springs Middle School
2441 Little Rd.
New Port Richey, FL 34655

Sunlake High School
3023 Sunlake Blvd.
Land O' Lakes, FL 34638

Thomas E. Weightman Middle School
30649 Wells Rd.
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

Trinity Elementary School
2209 Duck Slough Blvd.
New Port Richey, FL 34655

Trinity Oaks Elementary School
1827 Trinity Oaks Blvd.
New Port Richey, FL 34655

Wesley Chapel High School
30651 Wells Rd.
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

Veteran's Elementary School
26940 Progress Pkwy.
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

Saint Leo University
33701 State Road 52
Saint Leo, FL 33574

Mike Fasano Hurricane Shelter
11611 Denton Avenue
Hudson, FL 34667

Pineview Middle School
5334 Parkway Blvd.
Land O' Lakes, FL 34639
Type of service: Shelters

Watergrass Elementary School
32750 Overpass Rd.
Wesley Chapel, FL 33545

Wiregrass Ranch High School
2909 Mansfield Blvd.
Wesley Chapel FL 33543

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