Flood waters recede near concerned Hillsborough homeowners

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RUSKIN, Florida -- What a difference a day makes for people living along the Little Manatee River.

"One hundred percent change," said Mike Worley, who lives in the River Oaks RV Resort.

On Tuesday the river reached more than 16 feet, which is five feet above flood stage. By Wednesday, it had gone down to around 13 feet.

"At 5 a.m. I woke up, looked outside, and there was no water.  I was a happy man," said Worley.

River Oaks is right along the Little Manatee, where some homes sit just a few feet from it.

A few miles away near 33rd Street Southeast and 42nd Avenue Southeast, some mobile homes were still surrounded by water Wednesday afternoon.

The only way to access them was by boat, but even in that area it appeared water levels were dropping.

"We talked to a roofer today and he's lived here 38 years and he's never seen it as high as it was," said Ray Cotter.

Even with high tide expected around 8:30 Wednesday evening, many residents were confident the worst of Debby was behind them.

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