Pasco flood victims say county isn’t doing enough

Pasco County residents packed a meeting to talk about flooding concerns.

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A standing-room only crowd jammed the Pasco County commission chambers Tuesday night to talk about flooding. Many residents are living with water in their homes and yards, and on their streets. Some attendees don’t believe the county is doing enough to prevent neighborhoods from having to endure weeks of flood conditions.

Early in the meeting, commissioners implored people to be respectful, using a gavel, at times, to try to calm the audience down. County commissioners assured neighbors they are doing everything they can to alleviate problems.

But that isn’t sitting well with some residents who say the county is not learning from past mistakes. “If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’re gonna keep getting the same outcome. That’s the definition of insanity,” Dennis Harmon said.

While some attendees praised the county’s response to the flooding, others lambasted county officials for being too slow to provide food, water and other basic necessities. “We put these people in office. I don’t want to throw em under the bus. We can take em out of office, too. I don’t plan to be here more than a couple more years. I plan to get out of my place,” Bob Kroll said.

This meeting focused on flooding issues in the following neighborhoods: Bass Lake, Yellow Lake, Lake Worell, Golden Acres and Crane’s Roost. Future meetings are scheduled to deal with flooding issues in other neighborhoods.

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