With Erika gone, Tampa residents worried about rain, flooding

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – Although the threat from Erika has diminished, the rain she might pour onto the Tampa Bay area is worrisome for many.

“This is the first time it’s ever flooded and we kind of worry every time it rains that it’s going to flood again,” said Phillip Noto referring to heavy rains that flooded his mother’s home several weeks ago.

“The back room at the house flooded. It’s the first time in 50 years  that she lived at the house,” said Noto as he loaded sand into bags Saturday morning.

And he had company. Workers at the sandbag location on Spruce said more than 500 bags of sand were loaded and hauled away within two hours Saturday morning. Flooding from heavy rains a few weeks ago left many with fear that it might happen again.

“I am terrified of that. I am just knowing it’s going to flood my house,  so we’re getting ready,” said Gaylee Mendenhall who was loading sandbags were husband.

PHOTOS: Tropical Storm Erika
PHOTOS: Tropical Storm Erika

“For our sake and hers we just want to make sure we are ready. We don’t want to get surprised, wake up and find things flooded.  It never flooded as bad as we did a couple weeks ago,” said Mendenhall’s husband Robert.

Although the sand piles quickly went away Saturday, more loads of sand were later delivered.


Hillsborough County is making sandbag materials available to the public Saturday, Aug. 29, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 30 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., as weather conditions permit, at all three County Public Works Service Units:

  • West Service Unit at 9805 Sheldon Road in Tampa
  • South Service Unit at 8718 Old Big Bend Road in Gibsonton
  • East Service Unit at 4702 Sydney Road in Plant City

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