Women rescued from St. Pete home amid flooded streets

Women rescued from home on Lake Maggiore
Women rescued from home on Lake Maggiore

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Linda Sowell,67 and her two dogs had to be rescued from a home along Pallanza Drive in South St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg Fire Rescue went back for her daughter who was also stranded in her home after the waters from Lake Maggiore poured over into the streets from heavy rains from the tropical storm.

Many of the nearby streets have been shut down and are blocked off keeping people inside their homes.

“Yeah I’m okay, I’m glad to get out. It just ran over the lake did, we don’t know what went on baby,” said Sowells after she was rescued.

“This morning I didn’t know it was that bad and then it was running over down here. They couldn’t get it pumped off fast enough, I don’t think.  Well she picked up everything and we just have to trust in the lord and see where we go from here,” said Sowells.

Sowers tell News Channel Eight, the water was rising quickly. tell us she was at her daughter’s home but is now headed back to her home where it is dry.

Lt. Steve Lawrence with St. Petersburg fire tells us they asked others in nearby homes if they wanted to evacuate but many declined telling fire-rescue they wanted to ride out the storm.

“There are other residents that are staying inside. We asked if they needed assistance to try and evacuate, a lot of them said they were going to ride out the storm itself. We were encouraging them to leave while we had the resources on scene. Our resources are limited  so if we do have to come back those resources may be a little delayed  getting back because we are helping others who are trying to evacuate as well,” said Lt. Lawrence.

The city has set up sandbag locations at Bartlett Park nearby.

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