Citrus County residents brace for more rain, flooding

Flood water on N. Comanche Pt. Crystal River, off Fort Island Trail.

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Parts of Citrus County took a beating from Hurricane Hermine Thursday night. Areas an hour south of Cedar Key were hit hard.

Heavy rains flooded out many streets, and some residents found their houses surrounded by water on all sides. “I can deal with it,” said Craig Ingram, who moved into his Crystal River community just about a year ago.

Ingram said he’s not too worried about the storm. Despite the flooding, he said he loves his neighborhood. “I love the place,” Ingram said.

Just several miles away, Larry Sutton isn’t taking any chances. “If it’s not too bad, the surge, we might be able to prevent any sort of flooding on the inside, so that’s what we’re hoping for,” Sutton said.

He spent Thursday night stacking up sandbags against his building and has a plan if things get really bad.

“I may take off,” Sutton said. “I may take off. I’m not going to be like that guy in the tux on the Titanic waiting for a wall of water to come in. Nothing’s worth that, nothing tangible. That’s for sure.”

At the Jiffy Food Store, the power went out at around 7 p.m. Thursday. The old-fashioned cash register doesn’t use electricity – but the rest of the store sure does.

One of the managers, Sherry Strickland, said she was expecting the power outrage.

“I personally was because this usually happens,” Strickland answered.

 

The next high tide rolls in before sunrise Friday morning. That could make flooding in coastal areas a whole lot worse.

Late Thursday afternoon, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office recommended people in low-lying and coastal communities to go to friends’ homes or hotels. There’s also a shelter at the Lecanto Primary School.

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