Pasco County evacuees fear looting

Anclote River Flooding in Pasco County

PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) –  For people who have been asked to evacuate their homes in Pasco County, their fears go beyond the flood waters. Days ago when the same group of people evacuated the community they came back to find their belongings missing.

“The guy across the street during that last flood somebody stole his truck. So yes I am a little worried, you can only stay so long, I don’t want to drown,” said Leon Caldwell who waited for hours after the mandatory evacuation order was issued. “That’s the main reason we stay until the last minute,” said Caldwell who is using his experience to get out of the area safely. “I’m on cement and we will go out the back way, we already have an evacuation route.”

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“There’s been like 14, 15 break ins around here in the last ever since the first flood,” said Deborah Jared. “I think it’s somebody that you know just taking advantage of the area, that knows the area, it’s almost like its last week again,” said Jared who is counting on her dog to guard her home. News Channel 8 could see several people loading boxes and trash bags full of belongings out of their homes and into vehicles before leaving the area.

“We’ll stay here until it gets to a certain mark then I’ll get in my little car and we will leave,” said Caldwell. Pasco County Sheriff’s Office tells us that they are using high profile military vehicles to patrol the area. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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