SOUTH TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – Rapidly rising water stranded dozens of drivers in South Tampa. Tow trucks stayed busy throughout Monday trying to rescue the drivers. The water on many major streets went down by 4:00 p.m, but for many the damage had already been done.
Edward Wright’s car was flooded on Kennedy Boulevard before noon. “Rain was just coming down so hard man. There was just no where to turn around and kept trying to go on forward like the rest of the people, and the wake from the other cars just bogged it out man,” Wright said.
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn traveled around the city to survey the damage. “We’re fighting Mother Nature. It’s unprecedented amounts of water. I mean if you can imagine our storm water system which normally handles 60 million gallons a day. We’re up to about 180 million gallons that we are trying to push through the system,” Buckhorn said.
Gov. Rick Scott called Buckhorn Monday morning to ask if state resources would be needed. Buckhorn says the city is only starting to assess the full extent of the damage.