Debby downgraded as evacuations widen in Pasco

A list of road closures follows.

BAY NEWS 9, Herald staff reportJune 26, 2012 

Even though Tropical Storm Debby was downgraded to a tropical depression just after 8 p.m., the impending storm surge has prompted officials in Citrus County and the City of Crystal River to declare a local state of emergency.

Residents along the coastline were warned of rising water levels and potential flooding, particularly at high tide at 9:56 p.m. and again at 10:25 a.m. on Wednesday.

Citrus County may also see an increase in winds overnight with possible gusts of 40 to 50 mph.

Although no mandatory evacuations were immediately ordered, emergency management officials opened a special needs shelter located at the Renaissance Center in Lecanto, and a pet-friendly/general population shelter located at a local school.

In western Pasco County, emergency management officials were preparing for a mass evacuation order for communities at risk of being flooded.

Officials said the two rivers in the area -- the Anclote and the Pithlachascotee -- have converged and surpassed the 100-year-flood plan. The roads in the area are impassable, Bay News 9 reported.

A portion of State Road 54 at New Port Richey was shut down.

"I've been with Pasco 17 years, I've lived here 30 and I've never seen it like this," a firefighter told Bay News 9.

"We grabbed a bunch of clothes, pictures, wedding dress," Mill Pond Estates resident Barbara Signorelli told Bay News 9. "And my father's ashes. And my in-laws ashes."

Here is a list of roads closed as of Tuesday evening:

MANATEE COUNTY Jim Davis Road in Parris closed due to flooding I-275 at the Skyway Bridge

HILLSBOROUGH Bayshore Blvd is closed from Gandy to Platt due to high water Fowler Ave is down to one lane in either direction from 15th to 22nd Sts.

PASCO COUNTY Mitchell Ranch Road (from Rowan Rd to SR 54) State Road 54 (from Mitchell Ranch Rd to Madison Street) Old County Road 54 NPR (from Little Road to County Road 54) State Road 54 both lanes NPR (Thys Road to Old County Road 54) Trouble Creek Road NPR (from Cecelia to Old Mill Pond) Bellamy Brothers Road, San Antonio (from Johnston Road to Bayhead Road) Saint Joe Road (from Curley Road to Old Saint Joe Road)

HERNANDO COUNTY Quality Drive from Spring Hill Regional Hospital to Suncoast Elementary School closed due to sinkhole Mariner Blvd in the area of Claymore Road and Little Street. Several large sinkholes have opened up in this area and the roads will remain closed until repairs can be made. The area of Spring Hill Drive from California Street to Broad Street (US41) is closed due to high water covering the roadway. Northclifee Bv. in the area of Central Park Drive is also experiencing high water covering the roadway making it dangerous to pass. Low lying areas of Masaryktown; evacuations taking place. Areas of Roosevelt Ave, Hodza St. and Wilson Blvd. are all experiencing flooding in this area Citrus Way at U.S. 98 is closed due to flooding Claymore Street at Keeport Drive is closed due to sinkhole Old Crystal River Road at Ajax Street is closed due to flooding Richloam Clay Sink Road at Cortez Boulevard is closed due to a tree down Croom Road from Broad Street east to McIntyre Road is closed due to flooding Clinton Drive from Cortez Boulevard north to U.S. 98 is closed due to flooding Rosewood Drive at Lynbrook Lane is closed due to flooding Northcliffe Bouldvard at Lamson Avenue is partially closed due to flooding The Suncoast Parkway from Cortez Boulevard north to U.S. 98 is closed due to flooding Quarterhorse Lane is closed due to flooding

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