Tampa residents deal with heavy rain, flooding

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla (WFLA) – If you were out and about in the Tampa Bay area Friday, you know what a blinding rainstorm feels like. The area was pounded by really rough weather.

A Circle K store off Hutchison Road and Erlich Road was circled in water. The pumps were so flooded Jerry Lisa had to get creative to get gas. “I had to take off my shoes. It’s ankle deep here. I’m taking some prescriptions to my son so I have to get gas so here I am piling through the water,” Lisa said.

A lot of water came quickly, leaving it no place to go. It is one reason Hillsborough County officials made sandbags available to residents in three areas of the county.


Sandy Dangler came by because she’s been through this before. “I’ve lived in the same place for about 36 years and when it rains and rains and rains, my yard gets very, very wet,” Dangler said.

The county will hand out sandbags Saturday as well. On Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon, as weather conditions permit, sandbags will be available at all three County Public Works Service Units. Here are the locations:

  • West Service Unit at 9805 Sheldon Road
  • South Service Unit at 8718 Old Big Bend Road
  • East Service Unit at 4702 Sydney Road

Sandbag materials will be available for Hillsborough County residents to make their own sandbags. Each resident must sign his or her name and provide a home address acknowledging the receipt of 25 sandbags or fewer.

The City of Tampa is handing them out Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon as well. Here’s where residents can pick up sandbags:

  • Himes Sports Complex, 4500 South Himes Avenue
  • Jackson Heights Playground, 3310 E. Lake Avenue
  • City of Tampa Solid Waste at 4010 W. Spruce Street

Tampa residents interested in receiving sandbags must show identification verifying residence within city limits. A valid driver’s license, utility bill, or electric bill will serve as appropriate identification. There is a 10-bag limit.

Also, Hillsborough County Public Works has been hitting the rainy streets to pump water out of flooded neighborhoods, including Lakeside Grove Estates, where water backed up at an intersection.

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