NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (WFLA) — There is no relief in sight for flooded out families across Tampa Bay. As more rain heads our way Thursday, the federal government is now stepping in. Federal Emergency Management Agency workers will be in Pasco County Thursday morning to conduct a damage assessment. They plan to tour flooded neighborhoods and talk to those affected.
County officials tell 8 On Your Side the floodwater damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes. It could take several days or weeks to determine if Pasco County will be declared a federal disaster area. The county is now offering immediate assistance for those in need. The doors to a flood recovery center opened Wednesday. The center is located on the second floor of 7536 State Street in New Port Richey. It is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Pasco County Community Development Division is also offering temporary housing assistance for up to two weeks in a hotel available to renters and homeowners. Qualified persons must be under 120% of the Tampa Bay median household income – for a family of four that is $70,800. Some of the hotels will accept most pets up to 25 lbs. Pasco County Animal Services Division will also provide care to displaced animals. Residents should bring paystubs and proof of residency as part of the application process to the Pasco County Flood Recovery Center, located on the second floor of 7536 State Street. For more information, please call 727-847-2411.
Pasco County will be holding a series of informational meetings in the coming weeks for residents impacted by flooding. Information on the meetings can be found here.
FEMA is set to arrive at Pasco County’s EOC Thursday at 7 a.m. Check back with WFLA.com throughout the day for updates.