“Trying to empty a tub with a shot glass”: Despite help from authorities, Citrus County district is still underwater


CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – For more than two months, Chuck Baier and several of his neighbors have been trapped in their own homes. They live in the Castle Lake subdivision in Floral City.

The Citrus County Subdivision is in a low lying area just east of US 41 south of Inverness. A number of houses and streets have been under water for weeks, despite the recent dry weather.

Baier says that last week, county workers showed up in tankers working to pump some of the water.

“And, listen, when I say we appreciate any help we get, I’m not criticizing the county for not helping enough,” Baier said. “We’ll take all the help we can get.”

That being said, Baier believes this technique could take months in the county if there is no more rain.

Louis Baggerman is Baier’s immediate neighbor and takes a more direct approach. He thinks the county plan is like putting a band-aid on a gunshot wound.

“In my opinion, they are trying to empty a tub with a shot glass. It takes serious equipment to do it, ”Baggerman said.

8 On Your Side emailed county commissioners asking for a progress report on the situation and when the water should be drained. We are waiting for an answer.

The Florida Department of Health in Citrus County is aware of the situation and is urging residents to avoid water as septic tanks have been flooded for weeks and are no doubt seeping into flood water.

“We have been in communication with all of our residents who are facing this,” said FDOH Citrus County spokeswoman Audrey Sasko, who urges those who can leave areas still flooded to do so. “Self-evacuate until conditions improve, so it’s definitely not something we want people to live in. “

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