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Damaging Pasco floods may have reached peak

Damaging Pasco floods may have reached peak

New Port Richey, Florida -- After flooding several homes and filling at least one whole neighborhood with water, the rushing Anclote River may have reached its peak level.

Photo Gallery: Anclote River floods Pasco neighborhood

The river's height of 26 1/2 feet should now be dropping and continue to fall after a Wednesday morning high tide at 6:35 a.m., a Pasco County Emergency Management spokesman explained.

Portion of SR 54 closed in New Port Richey

Portion of SR 54 closed in New Port Richey

New Port Richery, Florida-- Pasco Sheriff's deputies announced the closure of a portion of State Road 54 in New Port Richey due to rising flood waters.

SR 54 will be closed from Old Mill Pond Drive to Celtic Drive.

Detours will be at Old Mill Pond Drive for those heading west, and Thys Road or Madison Road for those heading east.

Water on the road is at least 14 inches deep and conditions are worsening.

Pasco County declares state of local emergency

Pasco County declares state of local emergency

 

New Port Richey, Florida -- The Pasco County Board of County Commissioners has issued a Local State of Emergency for Pasco County. 

Pasco County Schools and the Courts remain open for business. The County Emergency Operations Center has been activated and is providing services as needed.

Residents needing assistance should contact the Resident Information Center at 727-847-8959.

County urges residents to stay out of the water

County urges residents to stay out of the water

Pasco County, Florida -- Many residents are experiencing flooding due to Tropical Storm Debby and while some residents may have no choice but to wade, paddle or drive through the water, the county is urging everyone to stay out of the water if possible.

The county says that although skin contact with flood waters may not, by itself, pose a serious health risk, health hazards are a concern when waters become contaminated. Flood waters may contain fecal material, associated bacteria, viruses and other pollutants.

Trash pickup canceled for Dade City

Trash pickup canceled for Dade City

Dade City, Florida -- The city has reported that trash pickup will be canceled Monday due to weather conditions related to Tropical Storm Debby. 

Residents should remove any garbage cans moved to the front of their houses in anticipation of a pickup to prevent them from being blown into roadways.

Based on the new National Weather Service track of Tropical Storm Debby shifting to the right, it is unknown at this time when service will be restored. 

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