Overnight blast of rain blocks some Pasco Co. roads

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Holiday, Florida -- After an overnight blast of rain, some Pasco County roads are too waterlogged to handle morning commuters. 

Water is blocking the entrance to a West Pasco County mobile home park just east of the intersection of U.S. 19 and Alternate 19 in Holiday. 

Up to a foot of standing water is keeping most people living in the Holiday Travel Park from entering or leaving their neighborhood. 

A few vehicles with high ground clearance have braved the water and sent up wakes as they powered through. But most cars wisely don't even try. 

Crews from the Florida Department of Transportation headed to the major intersection nearby -- U.S. 19 at Alternate 19 -- shortly before midnight. 

They set out barricades and sandbags to keep water out of the road and steer drivers away from flooded lanes. 

At around 4 a.m. Wednesday, workers removed the barricades and fully reopened the intersection, but the folding barricades were left nearby in case the flooding returns. 

10 News Meteorologist Bobby Deskins says more than 4 inches of rain soaked the area around Holiday in just the three hours between 1:30 and 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to Doppler radar estimates.

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