Central Florida RV park underwater after severe flooding, county says it’s not their responsibility

BUSHNELL, Fla. — Parts of a Central Florida RV park have been underwater for days and the county said it’s not responsible for the flooding.

The flooding is happening inside the Red Oaks RV Resort in Bushnell.

Floodwaters are surrounding homes, sidewalks and benches and even air conditioning units are sitting in water. Some residents can’t even get in or out of their homes without wading through the water.

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“And we can’t get out without wading out, we can’t get in without wading in,” said resident Maxine Williams.

Williams bought her home in February and told Channel 9 that the area around her home has flooded twice since then.

“There could be sewage in the water. That’s the worst thing. And it’s going to cause all kinds of mosquitoes. And people can’t get in and out of their houses,” said resident Mary Backus.

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Residents blame the flooding on poor drainage.

“Over here, they’re sucking water out. They’ve been sucking water since Monday. We’re still flooded,” Williams said.

Sumter County told Channel 9 that it’s private property and the responsibility is on the owner.

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Channel 9 spoke to the property managers on site.

“You’d have to call my corporate office, but I’m not going to give you that number right now because I don’t have it on me,” the property manager told Channel 9.

Channel 9 did reach out to the corporate offices of Sun Communities, based in Michigan, but have not heard back.

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Residents said their complaints have gone unanswered and they’re left wondering how long they’ll have to live in conditions like this.

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Jeff Deal

Jeff Deal, WFTV.com

I joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in 2006.