Pasco flooding leaves impact on more than people

PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – Linda Freist’s horses and mules have called the three and half acres of land in Wesley Chapel home, for years. But the recent Pasco County flooding has not only caused headaches for the animal’s owners, but also for the horses and mules, since for weeks the water has covered much of area where they run around.

Linda Freist said, “it has never been this bad, it never got into my side pasture, as high up as it is.”  The pasture for Freist’s horses and mules has been flooded since the initial torrential rainfall weeks ago.

The water has gone down, but not enough to allow the animals to leave their stalls. Freist’s husband Bob said, “they are probably like kids and asking why are we being kept in our room, but you can’t let them out here.”

That’s because the water could cause hoof disease. The Freist’s have lived on the land for more than 35 years, and believe new development in the area is part of the problem.

Linda Freist said, “we have a few issues with some subdivisions around us that are inundating us with water.” The Freist’s have contacted Pasco county government looking for answers, but thus far there no solutions.

Linda Freist added, “I know it is all over the county, I know they say we don’t have money, but I am just at a lost for words” The Freist’s say it may be weeks before the land drys out, until then are hoping for less rain. 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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