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Flood waters submerge cars, 23 roadways in Brooksville

Hernando Today staff reports
Published:   |   Updated: August 22, 2013 at 10:22 PM

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BROOKSVILLE - Emergency crews worked through the evening to assist residents affected by the flood waters caused by Thursday's heavy rains, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office reported crews evacuated residents from flooded and/or unsafe areas, blocked hazardous roadways and cleared highway obstructions left by the storm.

Sheriff Al Nienhuis requested and received additional manpower in the form of auxiliary and reserve deputies to assist the deputies already assigned to storm-related calls.

All reports of flooded roadways were addressed with manpower and/or barricades, according to a press release.

The sheriff's office has vans on standby in the event additional evacuations are needed.

One shelter, located at First United Methodist Church, 109 S. Broad St., Brooksville, was opened for anyone displaced from a flooded home.

Efforts will continue to ensure all debris is cleared from roadways.

The sheriff's office had reports of numerous cars submerged in the rising waters along Cortez Boulevard.

Those areas impacted by Thursday heavy rains were Fort Dade Avenue and Cobb Road, Cortez Boulevard and Cedar Lane, Mitchell Road in the area of 7483, Candlelight Boulevard and Cortez Boulevard, Moonlight Lane and Candlelight Boulevard, Broad Street and Oliver Street, Broad Street and VFW Road, Wiscon Road at Walmart, Wiscon Road and Horselake Road, all of Barnett Road, the Lowes parking lot on 41, Twigg Street in the area of 852, all of Greenbriar Villa Circle, Cortez Boulevard and Buckhope Road, and all of Campers Holiday.

Other trouble areas included Estates Avenue and Fort Dade Avenue, Mylander Way and the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, all of Braewood Mobile Home Park, Wiscon Road and Broad Street, Cortez Boulevard and Barclay Avenue, Citrus Way and Fort Dade, Commercial Way and St. Andrews Boulevard at the entrance to the Heather, and all of Mitchell Road.

The sheriff's office recommends motorists avoid driving through flooded roadways, standing water, watch for fallen wires, and watch for fallen trees on or near roadways.

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