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Heavy rain causes major flooding in Brooksville

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Sheds float down Broad Street in Brooksville. Courtesy: Hernando Sheriff's Office. Sheds float down Broad Street in Brooksville. Courtesy: Hernando Sheriff's Office.

Parts of Hernando and Pasco Counties struggled with flooding Thursday evening because of strong storms that rolled through the area earlier in the afternoon. A few families, worried about rising flood waters, decided to evacuate.

About half a dozen people and their belongings were rescued by boat from the Campers Holiday Community off of Highway 581 south of Brooksville.

"The whole lake is already up to our house," said evacuee Darcy Waterman.

As of about 9:30, Waterman and others were looking for a place to stay the night. At one point, 21 roads and two developments were all impacted by the high waters. The American Red Cross opened a shelter at the First United Methodist Church's Youth Center. Five people slept there Thursday night.

"The water's not in our house yet but the police said it could come in because the water, they said, is probably going to rise another three feet," Waterman said. "We got out of our house because we don't know what's going to happen in the middle of the night so we just wanted to be safe. Rather be safe than sorry."

Norm States is the President of the Camper's Holiday Neighborhood association.

States says there are more than 300 unit owners in the community and about 50 homes are impacted by the water.

States says the rain fell hard Thursday night, "We got about, according to my rain gauge, we had about 7 inches of water in about two hours, so the lake level came up real quick."

Charlie Swansey also lives in Camper's Holiday and says he left Thursday evening for a short time, just as the rain was starting.

Swansey says, " I went downtown just as it started. Took me 45 minutes to go downtown and when I got back this is what I came back to."

He pointed to a street flooded with water, his home and others are surrounded by the tea colored overflow from the lake.

John Graham's home just one street over is also surrounded by water, but it's sitting above the high water mark for now.

Graham says he had his home raised after flooding in the community last year and he paid to have it raised above the ten year flood line, but now he worries if that was enough.

Graham says, " It looks like the every year flood and even the old timers seem to be surprised by it which bothers me because they've been here maybe 20, 30 years and they've not seen anything like it, so that kind of bothers us."

 Here is a list of roads that were flooded, washed out or had other hazards:

*     Fort Dade Av/Cobb Rd.

*     Cortez Blvd/Cedar Ln

*     Mitchell Rd (in the area of 7483)

*     Candlelight Bv/Cortez Bv

*     Moonlight Ln/Candlelight Bv

*     Broad St/Oliver St

*     Broad St/VFW Rd

*     Wiscon Rd at Wal-Mart

*     Wiscon Rd/Horselake Rd

*     Barnett Rd (the entire road)

*     Lowes on 41 (parking lot)

*     Twigg St (in area of 852)

*     Greenbriar Villa Circle (entire road)

*     Cortez Bv/Buckhope Rd

*     Campers Holiday (entire development)

*     Estates Av/Fort Dade Av

*     Mylander Way/HCSO

*     Braewood Mobile Home Park (entire development)

*     Wiscon Rd/Broad St

*     Cortez Bv/Barclay Av

*     Citrus Way/Fort Dade

*     Commercial Way/St Andrews Bv (entrance to the Heather)

*     Mitchell Rd (entire road)

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