Evacuations ordered for some in Tampa Bay area

Evacuations ordered for some in Tampa Bay area

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a mandatory evacuation order is in effect for people living in a flood-prone area near New Port Richey.

The Pasco County Office of Emergency Management issued the evacuation order early Monday following heavy rain over the weekend.

Officials say the nearby Anclote River is expected to exceed 24 feet Monday afternoon putting it at what is considered major flood stage. They say areas that were affected by heavy rain last week will likely see flooding again on Monday.

The county's Resident Information Center is open and accepting non-emergency calls.

Emergency management officials are also continuing to monitor the situation in low-lying parts of Tampa.

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