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Hernando residents look for flood relief

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Flooded culvert in the Camper's Holiday area Flooded culvert in the Camper's Holiday area
HERNANDO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

It's been a long six days for residents at the Camper's Holiday mobile park in Hernando County.

The water from Sparkman Lake breached its shores last Thursday, and hasn't receded yet.  Red tags deeming homes unsafe can be seen on numerous homes in the park.

Residents like Dan Dureiko can't understand the problem.

"I mean, I'm not an engineer, but it seems like there's a reason the water drained out every year and it's not draining out this year," he said with exasperation.

Dureiko had to pull carpeting and padding out of his home after flood water seeped in last week.

Hernando County Storm Water Engineer Clay Black said there's a simple explanation for why the water isn't going down.  He said it's rained so much in Hernando County, the ground is saturated, and there's nowhere for it to go.

"We got 4,000 acres draining to a lake with a small channel," he explained.  "There's just no way that much water, if the volume in the lake isn't there, that it'll be able to exit in the channel."

Sparkman lake is a flood plane.  Black said under current zoning rules, those homes in Camper's Holiday wouldn't even be allowed to be built there.

He did inspect the drainage channel leading out of the lake.  The water is moving fast, draining as quickly as possible, but there's just so much water, Black says it's slow going.

"It's draining, it's just that we had such a large amount of rain, the natural system was just unable to handle it with that particular rainfall event," he said while inspecting a culvert.

Hernando County is conducting a $275,000 survey to identify flood areas.

"We're trying to analyze why they're flooding and once we have that information, hopefully our engineers and scientists will be able to develop what's called a mitigation plan," Black said.

He estimates it could be between five and 10 days before the water is fully gone.

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