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Tropical Storm Debby Flooding Forces Pasco Evacuation

Slow-moving Tropical Storm Debby has spawned sinkholes in Hernando County, tornadoes in Polk and Pinellas and a deadly twister in Highlands that stole a mother from her toddler.

Now it's forcing people in Pasco County out of their homes because of flooding. 

Pasco County authorities have an emergency evacuation underway in parts of New Port Richey. 

That includes the Seven Springs Travel Park, which was hit hard by flood waters.  It's on Old County Road 54.

The residents used to have to swipe their key cards to get in. But now the key card scanner is under water. And the water keeps rising. 

Reporter Sarah Curran tells us one guy took a backhoe in to get his wife out. (see photo above.)

Some folks are having a hard time getting in and out of the boats. Others have tried to wait out the floodwaters of Tropical Storm Debby, even with shin-high water in their homes.  It took a power outage and a mandatory evacuation order to get them out. 

Pasco officials say residents are at risk from flooding between the  Anclote and Pithlachascotee Rivers. So emergency crews are coming in by boat, airboat and anything else they can use to rescue people. 

The boundaries of the evacuation zone are:

On Anclote River/Thys Road on the west.

Little Road on the east. 

Plathe Road to the North.

And the southern boundary begins on Perrine Ranch Road and runs east to the intersection of Perrine Ranch Road, turns north on Seven Springs Boulevard, then runs east along Mitchell Ranch Road and continues east on S.R. 54 to the intersection of S.R. 54 and Little Rd.