Major Flooding Leads to Water Rescues and Evacuations
BROOKSVILLE – Some residents of Southway Villas Mobile Home Park, located near Barnett Road, are evacuating as rising flood waters draw closer to their doorsteps.
According to officials, at least one person was rescued from the park and there could be more if rain continues.
There are unconfirmed reports that between 15 to 20 homes could flood if waters continue to rise.
Two people, who were trapped in a pickup truck (Pictured below) behind South Square Shopping Plaza, managed to wade through the water to higher ground. Fire Rescue pulled another man to safety, after his vehicle became submerged on Wiscon Road.
There are also reports of major flooding in the area of Croom Road and Lakeside Drive.
Hwy 41 was flooded around 8:30 pm, but it is unknown if officials have closed the roadway.
Emergency officials are evaluating the situation at this time, to determine if shelters will be available for displaced residents.
UPDATE 8/16/2015, 11:38 PM – Officials with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office released the following list of road closures.
Due to the most recent heavy rains, Hernando County is experiencing flooding on various roadways. At the present time, the following roadways are closed due to flooding:
* Culbreath Road (near the Pasco County Line)
* Various locations on Wiscon Road
* Broad Street (US41) and VFW Road
* Broad Street (US41) and Croom Road
* Broad Street (US41) in various locations throughout the city of Brooksville
* Candlelight Boulevard and Moonlight Lane
* Fort Dade Avenue (near 19049)
* Easy Street and Middleboro Street
Please note, many of these intersections/locations are within the city of Brooksville.
IMPORTANT – If you see water covering the roadway, DO NOT drive through it. Select an alternate route. Thank you.
We will bring more on the situation as it develops.
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