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A pick-up truck drives through a flooded road in the Singing Forest Mobile Home Park in Floral City Tuesday, Aug. 17. Some residents there are still dealing with flooding.

Wednesday’s torrential rains wreaked havoc on roads and property in low-lying areas of Citrus County, especially on the west side.

Will Bryant, environmental health director with the Department of Health in Citrus County, said he got calls from several coastal residents of flooding and standing water. 

Portions of Homosassa Trail were underwater part of the day.

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The Duke Energy wastewater treatment plant couldn’t keep up with the rain and it overflowed, Bryant said. As of Thursday, Duke was still working on it.

Perhaps most disheartening is that the rain exacerbated the ongoing problem at the Floral City Singing Forest Mobile Home Park — just when floodwaters from previous rains were receding. It’s back to square one for residents there, Bryant said.

“It’s pretty close to where it was before,” he said.

Heavy rains about three weeks ago flooded the community’s park area and pond in front of several homes. Worse, the floodwater was right up to the park’s sewer plant lift station, creating a potential health issue.

Bryant said park management temporarily reinforced the lift station with sand bags and clay berms and is working with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on further measures.

Wednesday’s heavy rain caused water levels in the Tsala Apopka Chain of Lakes to rise above normal levels and prompted the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) to reopen its water control structures, said Dr. Mark Fulkerson, the district’s chief professional engineer.

“We plan to keep the structures open until we can get the lakes back down to normal,” Fulkerson said.

“It appears the water level in Singing Forest is still a couple feet higher than the Floral City Pool of Tsala Apopka,” he said. “Since this area is surrounded by high ground, the only way water levels will recede is by evaporation or infiltration into the ground, which is still very saturated." 

The water district gauge about three-quarter miles from Singing Forest recorded 20 inches of rain in August. Another 3 inches fell Wednesday.

“Just an extraordinary amount of rainfall in Citrus County this summer,” Fulkerson said.

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