Debby Pasco Flooding: Seniors evacuated by boat from floodwaters

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Port Richey, Florida -- Boats and huge trucks carried seniors away from their homes in a retirement community filled up like a huge bathtub with water.

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With cats in carriers and belongings in bags, each boatload brought more evacuees out to the sidewalk along Ridge Road, just east of U.S. 19 in Port Richey.

Dozens of people in the Suncoast Gateway Mobile Village left their mobile homes behind. In some cases, their homes contain everything they own.

"It is totally miserable," said flooding victim Terri Galloway. "You can't do anything. Water's up to the doorstep. No air conditioning, no electricity."

"You can't flush your toilets. That's a trip -- believe me."

The water's been rising here since Sunday, making this place a big, brown bathtub. More than 100 people have stayed. Their homes became islands, just inches above the water.

"If it hadn't have been for losing power, I'd have still been in there with no problems," said Mike Ashley, who rode out of the neighborhood's two-foot-deep water on the bow of a small boat.

To keep from electrocuting anyone wading in the water, power crews off the electricity Wednesday morning. That convinced many of the holdouts here to head for dry land, to stay in shelters or with friends.

But plenty plan to stay -- to tough it out right here in what was supposed to be their retirement paradise.

Grayson Kamm, 10 News

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