PORT RICHEY, Fla (WFLA) – With small boats and tall vehicles that could push through the water, crews rescued residents of a Pasco County mobile home park from their homes on Monday. The Suncoast Gateway Mobile Village on Ridge Road in Port Richey was flooded by midday, with water waist-deep in some places.
The park sits lower than the road, and water pooled around the homes and completely covered the road. Small fish swam in water that remained all day. By early afternoon, crews started evacuating residents. One family left on a boat. A crate with two small dogs sat on board, the first of more than a half dozen pets to be rescued with their owners.
Fire crews helped about 50 people get through the water to dry land. Many of the residents were taken by bus to shelters, but some opted to stay elsewhere. Several people declined to evacuate.
“It breaks my heart,” resident Larry Oberg said about his elderly neighbors. He worried that after the ordeal of being rescued from their homes, some may not have the money to repair the damage left by flood waters. Residents said the park has flooded in the past, but this time the water was particularly high.