Heavy rain causes flooding, road closures in Tampa Bay

(WFLA) — Heavy downpours are expected to come in off the Gulf of Mexico all day Monday, Tuesday, and into Wednesday, Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Leigh Spann warns. There will be rounds of heavy tropical rain with temperatures below average the next few days.

The forecast calls for 10-15 inches of rain in locations from Tampa to Pensacola through the next few days with isolated areas receiving over 18 inches. Flash flooding could also occur in areas that receive rain amounts in excess of 3 inches in a short period of time.

FLOOD WATCH

A Flood Watch remains in effect for Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco Counties until Tuesday at 8 p.m.

FLOODING REPORTED

PASCO COUNTY

(9:17 a.m.) Pasco Emergency Management has started receiving several reports of flooded streets. Those areas include:

  • 7700 Iron Bark Drive, Port Richey
  • Sea Pines area in Hudson (Gulf Way and Kemper Drive) front and back entrance
  • Van Doren Avenue @ Gulf Drive, New Port Richey
  • Dayton Drive @ New York Avenue, Hudson
  • Citizens can call the Customer Service line at 727-847-2411 to report flooding

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

Residents can call (813) 635-5400 to report flooding and road problems or to request additional information.

Drivers are encouraged to avoid the following areas and use an alternate routes;

  1. Traffic fatality at Kelly Road and Memorial Hwy, two vehicles involved.
  2. Traffic fatality at Linebaugh Ave and West Sheldon Road, vehicle vs a fuel tanker which has overturned. The fuel is currently being transferred to second tanker truck.
  3. Road Flooding on Linebaugh Ave and Hesperides St.

SARASOTA COUNTY

Sarasota Police and Public Works blocked off the flooded intersection of Bee Ridge and US 41.

CLOSURES

The Lowry Park Zoo is closed Monday due to heavy rains and localized flooding.

SANDBAG LOCATIONS

PASCO COUNTY

In order to help citizens in flood-prone and low-lying areas prepare for potential impacts of heavy rain, the following locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day until further notice.  The sandbag locations are open to Pasco County residents. Sand bags will be provided, but residents are encouraged to bring their own shovels.

  • West Pasco Government Center, 7356 State Street, New Port Richey (self-serve)
  • J.W. Mitchell Park, 4025 Little Road, New Port Richey (self-serve)
  • Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson (self-serve)
  • The City of New Port Richey will also open sandbag operations for city residents from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 6240 Pine Hill Road, New Port Richey (self-serve)

CITRUS COUNTY

Citrus County continues to be under a flood watch. As expected and as anticipated, the west side of the county and low-lying areas are flooded. The Department of Public Works will be opening two sandbag filling locations on Monday at 8 a.m. The addresses of the locations are as follows:

  • 4508 S. Grandmarch Ave, Homosassa, FL
  • 7490 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy, Crystal River, FL

PINELLAS COUNTY

The City of Tarpon Springs has provided sand and sand bags at three locations throughout the City for residents to utilize due to predicted heavy rains and possible flooding predicted Monday and Tuesday:

  • Dorsett Park, 500 E. Harrison Street
  • Splash Park, 508 E. Live Oak Street
  • Roosevelt Boulevard Roundabout at Dodecanese Avenue

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

The City of Tampa will have sandbags will be available to city residents at three locations: Bobby Hicks Pool, Barksdale Active Adult Center and Jackson Heights Playground. Hours will be Monday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  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.  There is a ten bag limit.

  • Bobby Hicks Pool, 4201 W. Mango Ave.
  • Barksdale Active Adult Center @ MacFarlane Park, 1801 N. Lincoln Ave.
  • Jackson Heights Community Center, 3310 E. Lake Avenue

Sandbag materials will be available on Monday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Hillsborough County residents to make their own sandbags. There is a limit of 25 sandbags per resident. Sandbag materials will be available to the public 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

Residents should bring shovels. Each resident must sign their name and provide their home address acknowledging the receipt of 25 sandbags or less.


STAY SAFE ON THE ROADS

During any heavy rainfall or severe weather event, motorists are asked to be aware of traffic advisories, obey traffic signs/detours, and to use caution when driving in and around standing water.

  • Do not drive through water – it is difficult to determine how deep the water is.
  • It is best to avoid driving unless necessary.
  • Treat non-functioning traffic signals as a 4-way stop.
  • If you see a road closed, please follow the detour signs.
  • Avoid any downed or hanging power lines – they may be live.

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