PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – Tim Wilfong’s home in the Crane Roost subdivision in New Port Richey has been surrounded by floodwaters for the past few weeks. The water isn’t as high it was a few days ago, but it is still high.
Wilfong said, “It has gone down considerably, but again everybody is talking about more rain this weekend and if it rains this weekend it can sure come up just as fast.”
That’s why Wilfong was out in his front yard Thursday, making sure the sandbags he put in place, stay in place. Wilfong added, “we have done everything we can do, we are still sandbagged, I am not taking the sand bags away I am going to keep them there until this is over.” While Wilfong is busy protecting his home, some of hs other neighbors wonder if they have enough protection for their home from the floodwaters.
Diana Andrade said, “I have no clue what to do if the water comes up any higher to the house, I checked today I don’t have flood insurance because the house is mine, I don’t have a mortgage, so I don’t know what to do.”
Since it’s certainly too late to purchase flood insurance now, Andrade can only look for help from outside sources like the County, or “FEMA” which toured the area today. Andrade went on to say, “I don’t know what they are going to do, I mean I haven’t had anyone from “FEMA” knock on my door yet, just the county which said if I need anything to call them and that was it.”
Ron Foskit lives down the street. While the floodwater hasn’t reached his home, he’ll still be there for his neighbors who aren’t as fortunate. Foskit said, “I know it can’t get me, but it is am immediate concern for all my neighbors down that road and I know I need to be down there to help the if I can.”
With the threat of more rain still very much in the air, Pasco County homeowners can only hope the forecast is wrong, and that sunshine will be the norm until they can dry out.