PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – On Monday Gov. Rick Scott toured areas of Pasco County hit hard by flooding. “Their biggest problem here is their street. But you feel sorry for these families, but fortunately right now their homes are dry, and hopefully we won’t have any more rain,” Scott said.
The governor talked with Pasco County officials, including Sheriff Chris Nocco. He promised the state will help the Tampa Bay area. State agencies will assess damage, possibly helping fix roads, Scott said. State and federal programs can be used, he said.
Scott believes his visit will encourage people to ask for help. “Being here, if there’s an issue they might feel as comfortable calling, but when you get here it’s easier for them to say, ‘Look we need this or we need that,’” Scott said.
Diane Reardon was evacuated from her home at the Suncoast Gateway Mobile Home Park. She’s sleeping on a cot at a church. Reardon was happy to see the governor meeting with those affected by the flooding.
“I don’t know if I’m going to have a car. Duke Energy shut out power off so I don’t know when I can go home,” she said. “It’s really bad here. It’s really bad.”