Tue. Feb 25th, 2020

Terrible flooding left some people feeling trapped in their own homes.Video shows a rural neighborhood in Sumter County, near Webster, between Interstate 75 and County Road 301. People who live there told WESH 2 News they can only hope it doesn’t get worse. They didn’t need more rain, but it fell anyway — into the water already surrounding some people’s homes near the Little Withlacoochee River. “It’s going to do nothing but get worse,” local resident Kenneth Walters said.It’s tough for Walters to be optimistic in the rainy season. He said so on the small boat he and his family have to use to get to their home. “This is our front yard of our house, unfortunately,” Walters said.He and his family have nowhere else to go. They can’t use the water in their home, or the bathrooms, and they worry the power could be cut off.”It gets a little more difficult when you lose things,” Walters said.The last time the river came up this high there was after Hurricane Irma, but before then it had been many years since the area flooded significantly.Without having had a major storm, this is the worst that Walters has seen it since he and his family moved in eight years ago. “This was our chance to have a roof over our head, our children’s heads, and keep them dry and feed them every night, you know?” he said.Everyone who lives nearby said they are hoping for some relief.The American Red Cross visited the area to check on residents, but it’s not yet clear if the people there can, or will, get any help.

SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. —

Terrible flooding left some people feeling trapped in their own homes.

Video shows a rural neighborhood in Sumter County, near Webster, between Interstate 75 and County Road 301.

People who live there told WESH 2 News they can only hope it doesn’t get worse.

They didn’t need more rain, but it fell anyway — into the water already surrounding some people’s homes near the Little Withlacoochee River.

“It’s going to do nothing but get worse,” local resident Kenneth Walters said.

It’s tough for Walters to be optimistic in the rainy season. He said so on the small boat he and his family have to use to get to their home.

“This is our front yard of our house, unfortunately,” Walters said.

He and his family have nowhere else to go. They can’t use the water in their home, or the bathrooms, and they worry the power could be cut off.

“It gets a little more difficult when you lose things,” Walters said.

The last time the river came up this high there was after Hurricane Irma, but before then it had been many years since the area flooded significantly.

Without having had a major storm, this is the worst that Walters has seen it since he and his family moved in eight years ago.

“This was our chance to have a roof over our head, our children’s heads, and keep them dry and feed them every night, you know?” he said.

Everyone who lives nearby said they are hoping for some relief.

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