Some homes in Pasco community still under water after Hermine

some residents wonder what the county is doing to help

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) – While hundreds of Pasco County residents are cleaning up after Hurricane Hermine, some who live in the Bass Lake Estates community haven’t even started.

They are still under water.  Mary George sent News Channel 8 a message on Facebook saying:

“My roads and yard have been flooded since last Thursday.  That’s a week now.  I got help evacuating on Sunday.  But my VW Beetle is still unable to be driven through the floodwater. i’ve missed work and I am at risk of losing my full time job that I’ve had for a long time.”

The community remains under a recommended evacuation order, the only area in Pasco County where such an order is still in effect.

Yin Eichenmiller lives on Maynard Road and has been under water for more than a week.

“Saturday it was going away…” Eichenmiller said. “And then Sunday it came back. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, started going away, just a little bit.”

Eichenmiller hasn’t ventured from the home since the waters began to rise. “Oh, I haven’t been out of the house since Tuesday. Today is Friday. More than a week. I could go out if I have to but I don’t want to damage my car.”

Some residents are frustrated with the county’s response. Some have called repeatedly. Pasco Emergency Services director Kevin Guthrie is quick to point out even though crews are not visible in the neighborhood, they are working on the problem. He pointed at an operation going on about four blocks from Bass Lake.

“So, we’re pumping out of here. And moving into this pond. Now we’re moving to another pond down the road,” Guthrie said. “You can see we’ve got our public works right now, trying to do everything they can for Bass Lake to bring that water level down.”

The county is hopeful residents who are still flooded will be patient. Removing that volume of water does take time.

“Now, at the end of the day it’s only going to be a couple of inches,”  Guthrie said. “But a couple of inches would help a homeowner like this. It may bring it from being in his kitchen or on the floor to down to just the foundation levels.”

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