SARASOTA, Fla. – (WFLA) – Areas south of Tampa Bay saw some of the most rain from Tropical Storm Emily on Monday.
Storm Team 8 said that “tropical downpours” brought about another 6 inches of rain to the area. Flash flooding can create dangerous conditions at any time.
All Sarasota County athletic fields were closed Monday. Ted Sperling Park at South Lido Beach was closed due to flooding in parking lot and downed tree branches.
Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park and Walton Ranch Preserve were also closed due to flooding.
Emerson Pt Preserve was closed Monday due branches and debris on roads in the preserve. Parks crews expect Emerson to reopen tomorrow.
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Department warned residents about flooded roads and told people to stay away from Anna Maria Island unless absolutely necessary.
Gulf Drive has barricades to slow people down but no roads are closed.
High water was reported at Island Park in Sarasota. Motorists should use caution in the area.
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge was Monday closed due to high winds.
Sandbags are available in Sarasota County through 5 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday at Newtown Estates Park, Twin Lakes Park and South County Fleet Facility.
The rain has been a little too much for wildlife, as well. This video is from Horizon Sky Productions of a fish swimming along a sidewalk in Estero, Florida.