Rain chances high again today in Tampa Bay

Flooding closed Hesperides St. N. between Sligh Ave. & Hillsborough Ave. HCSO Twitter photo
Flooding closed Hesperides St. N. between Sligh Ave. & Hillsborough Ave. HCSO Twitter photo


A front remains stalled across the Tampa Bay area. This front will help keep our rain chances elevated today at 50%. Downpours are possible at any point during the day, but the heaviest and most widespread rain will be along and south of I-4. With the saturated ground, watch for streets that may flood quickly where the heaviest rain falls.



The City of Tampa will make sandbags available to city residents at three locations today, August 13, 2015 until 8 p.m.  Sandbags will be again tomorrow, Friday, August 14, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Residents may pick-up sandbags at the following locations:

  • ·         Bobby Hicks Pool- 4201 W. Mango Avenue
  • ·         Jackson Heights Playground -3310 E. Lake Avenue
  • ·         City of Tampa Solid Waste 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). There is a ten bag limit. In addition, the City of Tampa requests that residents with a storm drain on their property check to ensure that the drain is clear of all debris including leaves and trash. Residents should report flooding issues by calling (813) 274-3101.


Hillsborough County has sandbag materials available to the public, as weather conditions permit, at all three County Public Works Service Units:

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

All facilities will be open the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, Aug. 13, until 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 14, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 15, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 16, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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

Flooding closed Hesperides St. N. between Sligh Ave. & Hillsborough Ave. HCSO Twitter photo
Flooding closed Hesperides St. N. between Sligh Ave. & Hillsborough Ave. HCSO Twitter photo

Hillsborough flooding





The Pasco County Emergency Operation Center remains activated and is operating from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pasco officials continue to monitor local weather forecasts, as additional heavy rain could cause more flooding in low lying areas and flooded areas.

• The Pasco County Flood Recovery Center (FRC) is located on the second floor at 7536 State St. in New Port Richey. The Center is open from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to assist flood affected residents with housing resources, cleanup and replacement of essentials related to flooding. Representatives will be available from Pasco County Human Services, Pasco County Elderly Nutrition, Pasco County Veterans Services, The Salvation Army, The American Red Cross and additional community service organizations.
• Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT) staff will be at the FRC to answer questions related to transportation and offering free bus passes for residents needing transportation to the recovery center. For residents who need transportation to the Flood Recovery Center, they can go to any PCPT fixed route bus stop and tell the bus driver that they need to go the FRC. The driver will then issue them free bus tickets covering the trip to and
from the Center. PCPT’s fixed route bus system map is online at http://www.ridepcpt.com. For individuals with disabilities who need transportation to the FRC, please call the PCPT Paratransit line at 727-834-3322 to arrange transportation.
Pasco County has assessed homes and commercial properties in the affected areas Aug. 12. at 6:00 p.m.
•  Homes destroyed: 46
•  Homes with major damage: 32
•  Homes with minor damage: 258
•  Homes affected: 44
•  Commercial properties affected: 36



Hillsborough deputies assisted County Maintenance with flooding at Montessori Academy, 5804 Gibson Ave. flooding.  Pump in the area stopped working. Deputies are assisting with traffic in the area.

A section of Hesperides is still closed north of Hillsborough and south of Sligh Avenue.





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