Mandatory evacuations ordered in Pasco County

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Crews are working to help residents self-evacuated from homes near the Anclote River, up through New Port Richey, where heavy rains dumped Friday and into Saturday. 

Information from Pasco County emergency officials: 

The Anclote River is rising and is expected to reach near major flood stage over the next few days. Additional rain Saturday pushed many rivers and lakes in West Pasco County over their banks and is causing flooding.

On Saturday at 3:00 p.m., Pasco County Emergency Services Director Kevin Guthrie issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents in the following areas, where utilities have been shut off due to rising water:
*  Worthington Court Apartment complex, Rowan Road and State Road 54 in New Port Richey -
*  Blue Heron Mobile Home Park, 6615 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey
*  Elfers Parkway Area along the Anclote River - east of Moog Rd; west of Seven Springs Blvd; south of State Rd 54; north of Old Oak St -

A recommended self-evacuation is in effect for residents in the following areas:
*  Bass Lake Area, New Port Richey -
*  Lake Worrell, New Port Richey -
*  Magnolia Valley Area, New Port Richey -
*  Suncoast Gateway Mobile Home Park, 6010 Ridge Road, Port Richey -

Pasco Fire Rescue and Pasco Sheriff's Office crews are on scene in these areas, warning residents of potential danger. Residents are urged to heed the warnings and to not put your life in danger.

Evacuees are encouraged to stay with family/friends; however, if that is not possible, you will be bussed to the Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter in Hudson. If you evacuate, make sure you bring your ID, money, any medicines, and pets.

If you live in ANY flooded area and feel your safety is at risk, call Pasco County Customer Service at 727.847.2411 and rescue crews will come get you. If it's an emergency, please call 911.