Flooding in Pasco Prompts Evacuation Orders
A weekend of unrelenting rain has left large portions of Tampa Bay flooded. Areas of Pasco County received the brunt of the impact, where an evacuation order still stands in Elfers in Southwest Pasco. Officials at the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) expect flood waters will remain in the Elfers and Trinity Oaks areas for the next few days.
For those seeking refuge from the rising tides, the American Red Cross Shelter at First Presbyterian Church in Port Richey is open; seven people have already made use of this resource in the last 24 hours.
The floods are linked to the swelling of the Anclote River, which reached over 23 feet this weekend. The OEM predicts the river could surpass 24 feet this evening. Sand bags are being offered at four locations throughout the New Port Richey area. Residents are encouraged to stay updated on the situation at the OEM website.