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By Leah Masuda, Reporter, Bay News 9, November 05, 2014


A new housing development will soon give residents of an oft-flooded Dade City apartment complex a drier place to live.

Some residents at Dade Oaks Apartments say flooding up to their waists isn’t unusual for them.

“I’m sure there were times when they thought there were fish in the water because the water was so high,” said resident Tianna Coleman.

In fact, some residents say worry sets in even when it sprinkles.

Flooding up to your waist isn’t unusual at Dade Oaks Apartments. In fact residents say worry sets in even when it sprinkles.

“Oh my goodness we’re trapped inside the house, can’t get the kids out,” said resident Deidra Sanders.

Parents like Whitley Thomas say getting the kids to the bus stop is somewhat of a mission.

“One person will take them one by one to the top of the road, pass the flooding right there where the busses come,” said resident Whitley Thomas.

But now residents say they hope that will soon be a problem of that past.

On Wednesday a groundbreaking for a new elevated complex that isn’t vulnerable to flooding brought residents a glimmer of sunshine.

“I’m excited for a new beginning,” Thomas said.

“I just hope that everyone out here can move into the new place,” said Coleman.

Developers plan to build 68 bungalow-style homes, and Dade Oaks residents will have first dibs on the homes. The cost will stay the same for each family wanting to make the move.

As for Dade Oaks, it will be knocked down and used for storm water retention. Residents are counting down the days until then.

“A year isn’t close enough, as far as I’m concerned a year is not close enough,” said Coleman.

The Pasco County Housing Authority expects to have the new homes built within the next 18 months.

The project has a price tag of $15 million. The county invested $2 million. The development is the biggest housing project to have the county’s involvement.