Town ‘n’ Country residents biked, walked through deep water Monday

TOWN ‘N’ COUNTRY, Fla (WFLA) – Residents of Town ‘n’ Country paddled, biked, walked and drove through waist-high waters to get around Monday.  The intersection of Town ‘n’ Country Boulevard and Hillsborough Avenue was a mess. Still, many drivers took a chance driving.  Some made it through, many did not.

By 5 p.m. Hillsborough County closed the road to incoming traffic. Zack Cannon and his fiance Denise Campis paddled by boat in order to get from their home to Campis’ car, which was parked at a nearby shopping center. The couple tried to make light of the situation, though their frustrations were high.

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“We called the city number for draining and water, and I called for help and they said it was a county problem. Tried calling the county line and it just beeps busy,” Cannon said.

Milly Campis, Denise’s mother, said even when the rain stopped, water continued rising. “Now the manholes are spewing up water so it’s getting deeper,” she said.  “I put some tarp down in the garage and I tried making sandbags, but the ground is so wet you can’t.”

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Monica Jensen walked with her daughter through the water in order to check on the daughter’s car, which was parked at nearby McDonald’s. Jensen said she experienced heavy flooding along the street decades ago, but this stands out as the roughest yet. “We had water in our house back in the 70s and 80s, and this might actually be worse,” Jensen said.  “It’s just like my dad said, ‘The water’s gonna go where it’s gonna go … You can only stop it for so long.’” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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