With Tropical Storm Debby hovering in the Gulf, large portions of Florida are seeing heavy rainfall. The National Hurricane Center predicts total rainfall over several days could be 10-15 inches over the eastern Panhandle and northern Florida, with isolated amounts of up to 25 inches. In this video (courtesy WFLA-TV) you see road flooding from Sunday in Pasco County. In the Ocala area, scattered power outages affected more than 1500 homes overnight, and Monday morning brought the start of Ocala sandbagging operations. Sandbags are available at Tuscawilla Park, the MLK Rec. Complex, and Jervey Gantt Park.
Areas along NW 98th Street and other nearby neighborhoods dealt with flooding from Irma last month. However, this isn’t a new issue. There have been many other instances of flooding. One of the major ones was in 2004 when multiple hurricanes impacted Gainesville. After Irma hit, Meadowbrook residents spoke with the Meadowbrook Homeowner’s Association board about forming a steering committee to talk about the flooding problems in the area.