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Homes underwater along Alafia River after Hurricane Irma

Homes underwater along Alafia River after Hurricane Irma

  • VALRICO, Fla. – Rainfall from Hurricane Irma is now forcing people from their homes along the Alafia River.
  • Sanderson noticed flood water creeping into her backyard around 5 a.m.
  • “There’s people’s houses down there that’s completely covered in water.”
  • Donations poured in as fast as the water rose, with tubs of clothing, food and water.
  • “People without power in Fish Hawk were giving their water because they knew they were in a bad situation,” said Meyers.

Rainfall from Hurricane Irma is now forcing people from their homes along the Alafia River. 

@abcactionnews: Homes underwater along Alafia River after Hurricane Irma

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Flood Warning issued September 13 at 11:22AM EDT expiring September 14 at 11:22AM EDT in effect for: Polk

Flood Warning issued September 13 at 11:22AM EDT expiring September 17 at 4:24PM EDT in effect for: Citrus

Flood Warning issued September 13 at 11:22AM EDT expiring September 16 at 8:00PM EDT in effect for: Hillsborough

Flood Warning issued September 13 at 11:22AM EDT expiring September 15 at 10:24PM EDT in effect for: Hillsborough

Flood Warning issued September 13 at 11:22AM EDT expiring September 14 at 11:22AM EDT in effect for: Pasco, Sumter

Flood Warning issued September 13 at 11:22AM EDT expiring September 14 at 11:22AM EDT in effect for: Sarasota

Flood Warning issued September 13 at 11:22AM EDT expiring September 14 at 11:22AM EDT in effect for: DeSoto

Flood Warning issued September 13 at 11:12AM EDT expiring September 14 at 12:12AM EDT in effect for: Hillsborough

VALRICO, Fla. – Rainfall from Hurricane Irma is now forcing people from their homes along the Alafia River. 

According to the National Weather Service, the river crested at nearly 23 feet Tuesday afternoon, 10 feet above flood stage. 

“I’ve been here 40 years and it has never gotten this bad. Never,” said Rene Sanderson, of Valrico.  

Sanderson noticed flood water creeping into her backyard around 5 a.m. In only a few hours, her home was a complete wash out inside. She was up to her waist in water. 

“Now I’ve lost everything, you know? What do you do but start over,” said Sanderson. 

We were there when they brought two abandoned dogs back to safety. And later, a group of volunteers rescued a horse trapped in the rising water. 

“My house is an inch from going in, a lot of people have lost a lot of their things,” said Mike Ayala. “There’s people’s houses down there that’s completely covered in water.”

When disaster strikes, the community steps in. 

“I can not even believe how much stuff we got in such a short period of time,” said Kelley Meyers, who is helping organize a donation drive for flood victims.  

Donations poured in as fast as the water rose, with tubs of clothing, food and water. It was enough to fill moving truck several times over. 

“People without power in Fish Hawk were giving their water because they knew they were in a bad situation,” said Meyers. 

Homes underwater along Alafia River after Hurricane Irma

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