Crews rescue Largo residents from flood

- Emergency crews spent Tuesday morning wading through deep water to help evacuate a mobile home park that was flooded by Tropical Storm Colin.

About 30 residents voluntarily left the Mariner Cove mobile home park off Ulmerton Road after water crept up overnight. By afternoon, 20 of them had moved into a Red Cross shelter.

One woman told FOX 13's Lloyd Sowers that floodwaters were approaching her front steps last night, but she woke up to find it in hip-deep early this morning.

"Our house is underwater.  It's flooded.  Our beds are flooded, the sewage is in the house," Lauren Rhubottom complained.  "They made us evacuate so we had to swim up here.  It’s past your chest up down there in the creek.  There's bugs in the creek coming in."

Footage posted to Facebook by Largo police showed officers and fire rescue crews going door to door, helping people out.

VIDEO: Watch the rescue effort

Residents say this is an area that frequently suffers flooding, but this is the worst they could remember.

The flooding forced Duke Energy to cut off power to the homes in park as a safely precaution.  It's unclear when residents will be able to go home -- which is tough for pet owners like Rhubottom.

"They're saying if you want help from a shelter, you can't take your animal. You have to surrender them.  I can't do that," she said, clutching her elderly dog.  "He's going to die any day; I'm not going to let him die in a shelter.  I'll just suffer in the water all night."

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