Less rain expected, but flooding still a concern in some Tampa Bay areas

Palm Harbor, Aug. 3 2015

Latest Forecast

A Flood Watch continues through 8 p.m. Tuesday for Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. The saturated ground will make it tough for flood waters to recede, so puddles and standing water will linger. The rain chance is lower today at just 30%, but in flood-prone areas, any rain may cause water to creep onto roads.

The Anclote River continues to rise, and it’s expected to crest 6.1 feet above flood stage later Tuesday afternoon. It will stay above flood stage until Friday morning. Other rivers may also continue to swell as water drains into the basins this week. Read more below.

We’ll see peeks of sunshine on Tuesday, but it will still be mostly cloudy. Highs will be in the upper 80s with lows in the mid 70s Tuesday night. The sunshine should return Wednesday, especially in the morning. It will be warmer with highs in the low 90s. There’s a 30% chance of mainly inland afternoon storms Wednesday. Track the rain and storms with the News Channel 8 Interactive Radar.

Evacuation Order

Pasco County Evacuation Order
Pasco County Evacuation Order

Pasco County has issued an evacuation order for residents in flood prone areas of Pasco County including residents in Elfers area. Tuesday morning, evacuations continue near the Elfers area. Residents in need of immediate shelter should contact the RIC at 727-847-2411. READ MORE

For residents in the Anclote River Estates community the evacuation area subject to flooding is as follows:
* Celtic Drive and Elfers Parkway
* North boundary is State Road 54
* Ella Lane to the south
* East boundary is Dellefield Street and Riverbank Drive
* West boundary is Glenside Drive

LATEST FOR PASCO: The flood warning for the Anclote River at Elfers has been extended until late Thursday night.

The Anclote River near Elfers in Pasco County continues to rise Tuesday morning. As of 7 a.m., the river was 5.1 feet above the flood stage of 20 feet. By Tuesday afternoon when the tide is high, the river is expected to crest at 25.6 feet, or 5.6 feet above flood stage. That crest height is slightly lower than previously expected. Previous forecasts had the river cresting 6.1 feet above flood stage. Pasco County officials say the record high was 27 feet in 1945. The Pasco sheriff is recommending residents stay off roads. “Even if it stops raining we want people to realize it’s not over,” Sheriff Chris Nocco said, telling people it’s not a good idea to be driving around due to the saturated ground conditions.

Palm Harbor evacuations: About 40 residents of two RV parks in Palm Harbor were evacuated Monday after flood water reached dangerous levels. Click here for details, photos & video

Pinellas County has partially activated its emergency operations center & citizens’ info hotline. Get details

A pool popped out of the ground in Pasco County. Click here for details, photos & video


Hillsborough County: Bible Based Fellowship, 8718 N. 46th. Pets cannot be taken to this shelter.
Pasco County: Red Cross shelters open for evacuees in Pasco County at 1st Pres. Church at 7540 Ridge Road in Port Richey
Pinellas County: Red Cross is opening shelter at Clearwater Community Church, at 2897 N Belcher Road in Dunedin

Residents who plan on going to a shelter are urged to bring:

  • Identification
  • Medications
  • Dietary needs
  • Extra clothing
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Towels
  • Extra clothing
  • Comfort items and toys for children
  • Infant supplies
  • Pillows, blankets

Anyone bringing pets to the Fasano shelter must bring:

  • Inoculation/license records
  • Cages
  • Food
  • Toys

Road Conditions

*REMINDER: Do not drive through flooded roadways. It’s difficult to determine how deep the water is. Report flooding in Tampa to 274-3101.
Law enforcement reminds citizens to turn their headlights on today. Also when driving down flooded streets to keep their speed low; vehicles produce wakes when driving fast that go into low-lying homes.

Click here for the latest Bay area road closures 

SLIDESHOW: Flooding In Tampa


Power Outages

Tampa Flooding

Residents should report all flooding issues by calling (813) 274-3101. To report any tree limbs blocking the right of way, please call (813) 274-5744. As the water table subsides in the next few days, residents should expect an increased number of utilities cave-ins.

Utilities: Wastewater pumping stations throughout the city are over capacity due to heavy rainfall. Residents are reminded to stay out of standing flood water. Standing water will contain bacteria related to the wastewater overflows along with insects and other animals. Residents experiencing a wastewater overflow on personal property (either yard or structure) should call (813) 259-1693 to report the issue.

Sandbags – Extended Hours: To date, more than 4,000 sandbags have been handed out to area residents. Sandbags are still available to city residents today, August 3, 2015 until midnight as supplies allow at the following locations:

  • Bobby Hicks Pool, located at 4201 W. Mango Avenue
  • Jackson Heights Playground at 3310 E Lake Ave
  • Solid Waste, located at 4010 W. Spruce Street

Tampa residents interested in receiving sandbags must show identification verifying residence within the city limits. A valid driver’s license, utility bill, or electric bill will serve as appropriate identification.

In Hillsborough County, sandbags are being distributed at the following locations:

  • 9805 Sheldon Road
  • 8718 Old Big Bend Road
  • 4702 Sydney Road

Storm Debris: Storm debris disposal options available to City of Tampa residents are as follows:

  • Curbside Pick-up: City of Tampa residents may place storm debris at the curbside for collection. Debris should be placed away from obstructions such as mailboxes, parked vehicles, fences, water meters, etc.
  • Schedule Pick-up: Residential customers wishing to schedule storm debris pickups are encouraged to call the customer service call center at (813) 274-8811 during business hours Monday through Friday, or contact the Department of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management online via the customer service request center at http://www.tampagov.net/appl_customer_service_center/.
  • Debris may also be dropped off at the McKay Bay Transfer Station.

Weekend Flooding

Tampa residents were urged to stay off the roads. With the ground saturated from record rainfall in the area over the past few days, Mayor Buckhorn said more than 155 million gallons of water had moved through Tampa’s water system in the past 24 hours. Buckhorn said on a normal day, the city processes about 60 million gallons.

Residents in Tampa and Hillsborough County saw record-breaking rainfall this weekend. According to WFLA Chief Meteorologist Steve Jerve, a new rainfall record of 3.89” was set in Tampa Saturday, breaking the old record of 2.6 in 1973.

Mayor Buckhorn warned that more rain was coming and that the water systems in the city were overwhelmed and urged everyone to be patient. There is no way in the world that any system could’ve accumulated the amount of rainfall that we got in that short period of time,” he said.

Safety Precautions

Motorists are urged to use care when driving through flooded areas, and to follow posted detour signs. Residents should stay tuned to local television and radio stations for traffic advisories, reports of flooding, or other critical information.

Follow these safety tips to help keep you and your family safe:

  • Never drive through moving water or standing water. Standing water that is only two feet deep can disable most vehicles.
  • If you can’t see the road, turn around. Floodwaters may conceal holes or dangerous objects.
  • Avoid walking in flooded areas or rapidly flowing water. Only six inches of fast-flowing water can sweep you off your feet.
  • If an area is barricaded, there is a reason. Find an alternate route.
  • Treat non-functioning traffic signals as a four-way stop.
  • Avoid downed or hanging power lines. Always assume the power line is live.
  • Be especially cautious at night, when it is harder to see possible flood dangers.

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