Sarasota, Manatee County flooding: Roads closed, sandbags available

BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) – Rains and downpours were causing big problems for families in Sarasota and Manatee counties Monday morning where flooding closed roads and threatened homes.

MORE: Severe storms and tornado cause damage in Manatee County

After being closed for hours Monday morning University Parkway in Sarasota County was back open to traffic. Our crews could see that some lanes still remained underwater.

Record rainfall over the weekend has caused a lot of problems for drivers.

“Terrible. In fact, coming down 41 we had to go through a big puddle. It wasn’t fun. But we managed to get here on time,” said Anthony Borg, driver.

Anthony Borg spoke to News Channel 8 while he brought his 7-year-old daughter Olivia to the bus stop.

“I am wearing rain boots and a rain jacket. Because I don’t want to get drenched,” said Olivia Borg, student.

Sandbags were available from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

  • G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton
  • Stormwater Ops, 5511 39th St. E., Bradenton

Sarasota police were asking motorists to avoid several areas as the rains continue:

  • Ken Thompson Pkwy
  • 700 John  Ringling Blvd
  • Harbor Drive North in Harbor Acres

 

Storm Team 8 meteorologist Leigh Spann said 1.36 inches of rain already fell in two hours at Sarasota/Bradenton Airport on Monday.

The area saw record-setting rain Saturday & Sunday in Manatee & Sarasota counties and heavy rain this morning. There were 8 inches of rain on Saturday, 4 1/3 inches of rain on Sunday.

There is a flood watch until 8 p.m. on Monday. There is a flood warning for the Manatee River at Rye Bridge.

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