Tropical Storm Colin leaves Pinellas County flooded

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Tropical Storm Colin left major Pinellas County roadways flooded. Cars stalled out along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 64th Avenue N. in St. Petersburg.

Lucille Taylor watched it all from her front door. “When it started coming down really hard, water went up in the street and it floods up and up, until it comes all the way up into my yard,” Taylor said.

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Much of the water got into her home.

“It was coming in through my front door. I had to keep putting towels in there to keep water from coming in the front door,” Taylor said.

Not even the wall she built, could keep water from doing damage to her garage. She said she wants more help from the city.

“They know this floods because I call them every time it’s real bad and ask them, ‘Can’t you have somebody come out here and slow traffic down?’ And I keep getting the same answer, ‘We don’t have the resources to do that,'” Taylor said.

Across the bridge on Snell Isle, tropical winds knocked down a massive tree. Neighbors said it was 125 years old.

“I mean it’s just beautiful. So it’s really sad,” Stacey Wurtz said.

She enjoyed the attraction.

“You know they always are putting lights up on this tree you know for Halloween and for Christmas,” Wurtz said.

This was her first tropical storm. Wurtz moved with her family to Florida a year ago.

“I need to get online and figure out what to do to prepare,” she said.

More than 3,500 customers remain without power Tuesday afternoon. Duke Energy representatives said power should be restored by the evening.

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