Weary Pasco residents brace for more rain, flooding

Pasco County residents lined up all day Wednesday at sandbag stations.

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – They stood in the pouring rain, near mounds of soaked, thick sand. One by one, they filled small bags that would soon become the barrier between a tropical storm and their homes.

In less than 24 hours, AROUND 7,000 bags were filled at the emergency operation center off Little Road. People In Pasco County were not taking any chances.

Long lines of anxious residents could be seen all day Wednesday. They took as many sandbags as they could fit in their cars.

“I’m scared. I know what it’s like here when it rains,” one woman told News Channel 8.

Jeanette Dunkerley has been watching, waiting and worrying. She and her husband Mike have bags ready to go, wagers on standby and extra food stored in their home. The ground is already so saturated, Dunkerley told 8 On Your Side, that there’s nowhere for the water to go.

But, when you get a lot of rain like this, it has to go somewhere. Pasco has gone through this before. In fact, it is an intensely familiar feeling for folks in this county. So many areas are prone to flooding that even a tropical storm, with copious amounts of rain, can wreak havoc for days, weeks and months to come.

“We want people to call us; we want people to ask for help. For some people, this is a way of life. They don’t ask for help when they need it,” Kevin Guthrie from the emergency management office in New Port Richey said.

For the latest on conditions and closures in Pasco County, go here.

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