VIDEO: Waist-deep water prompts evacuation of Pinellas neighborhood

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LARGO, Fla. (WFLA) — Thirty people were evacuated from a flooded Largo mobile home park on Tuesday morning after the water reached dangerous levels, up to five feet in some areas.

Around 8 a.m., Largo Fire Department began a voluntary evacuation of Mariner’s Cove Mobile Home Park located off 58th Avenue, just south of Ulmerton Road.

On Tuesday morning some residents opened their doors to five feet of water, up to their top steps and beyond.

It was a feeling of panic for one woman and her dog as she began her day with an intense water rescue as a military vehicle from the Largo Police Department came down her block, full of first responders.

“This is crazy. I couldn’t believe it when I looked out the door this morning. We couldn’t get out,” she told us.

WFLA-News Channel 8 was the first television station to tour the flooded area with the Largo Fire Department and Largo Police Department. The agencies launched a massive, morning-long rescue. R-LARGO-MEL-1

“If we see rain like this with just a tropical storm, what happens when there’s a hurricane,” said Largo Police Sgt. Andy Hill. “They’ve been happy to us this morning. We’ve been out here for hours, trying to get everyone out, making sure that everyone is safe.”

Roughly one hundred mobile homes were affected in the Largo Park, just off Ulmerton Road. “It was more than five feet in some areas,” said Sgt. Hill.

“They couldn’t get out. Look at all this!” Another man walked in waist-deep water back to his mobile home. “The governor did a good job warning everyone. The rain was just so bad. We knew last night when it rained all night. But, this? It’s the worst we’ve ever seen it,” he told WFLA.

About 20 people who were evacuated are staying at a shelter located at the Ross Norton Complex in Clearwater. Several people are staying with friends.

No one was injured during the flooding. Duke Energy has shut down power to the area. Pinellas County Animal Control officers responded to help residents who have animals.

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