Governor Scott visits Pasco's flooded neighborhoods

Evan Lambert reporting

- Gov. Rick Scott visited Pasco County on Sunday to tour neighborhoods still underwater after Hurricane Hermine.

Scott said he toured much of the state impacted by the storm and Pasco County got the worst of the flooding. He also vowed to put resources toward abating the major drainage issues that compound the problem.

"We do have an issue about how fast water is able to drain right now. We gotta figure that out," Scott said.

The Elfers area, off State Road 54, was particularly hit hard. It's one of several communities under a mandatory evacuation order. Despite the order, some people have chosen to stay behind.

Rescues continued Sunday. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission patrolled on high-water vehicles, taking residents out of helping in cases where the water made wading unsafe.

Pasco County emergency officials said late Sunday they expect the Anclote River to slowly recede out of major flood stage by Monday morning. It could still be days before the community dries out entirely.

In the meantime, Scott urged people to heed evacuation orders.

"We need to get ahead of this. We need to listen when they put out an evacuation order," Scott added.

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