City of Tampa - Storm Update #2 (August 2nd at 7:30 p.m.)

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Rain is expected to continue throughout the evening and into Monday, August 3, 2015.

Residents should report all flooding issues by calling (813) 274-3101. To report any tree limbs blocking the right of way, please call (813) 274-5744.

As the water table subsides in the next few days, residents should expect an increased number of utilities cave ins. Please call to report any issue within the roadway at (813) 274-3101.


Wastewater pumping stations throughout the city are over capacity due to heavy rainfall. Residents are reminded to stay out of standing flood water. Standing water will contain bacteria related to the wastewater overflows along with insects and other animals. Residents experiencing a wastewater overflow on personal property (either yard or structure) should call (813) 259-1693 to report the issue. 

Sandbags - Extended Hours

To date, more than 4,000 sandbags have been handed out to area residents. Sandbags are still available to city residents today, August 2, 2015 until midnight as supplies allow at two locations: Bobby Hicks Pool, located at 4201 W. Mango Avenue, and Solid Waste, located at 4010 W. Spruce Street

Sandbags will be available tomorrow, Monday, August 3, 2015 from 8 a.m.  to 4 p.m.  at three locations, which are as follows:  Bobby Hicks Pool, Solid Waste, as well as Jackson Heights Playground, located at 3310 E. Lake Avenue.

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.

Street Closures

There are no major arterial roadways closures to report at this time. However,  flooding is expected to create challenges with road closures and traffic detours throughout the evening and on Monday, August 3, 2015.

The next high tide for the area will occur at approximately 5 a.m. tomorrow morning which will impact drainage as motorists commute. Please allow for extra time.

Storm Debris 

Storm debris disposal options available to City of Tampa residents are as follows:

Curbside Pick-up: City of Tampa residents may place storm debris at the curbside for collection. Debris should be placed away from obstructions such as mailboxes, parked vehicles, fences, water meters, etc.

Schedule Pick-up: Residential customers wishing to schedule storm debris pickups are encouraged to call the customer service call center at (813) 274-8811 during business hours Monday through Friday, or contact the Department of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management online via the customer service request center at

Debris may also be dropped off at the McKay Bay Transfer Station.

Safety Precautions

During any heavy rainfall or severe weather event, the City of Tampa encourages the motoring public to heed traffic advisories, obey traffic signs/detours, and to exercise 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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Residents are also encouraged to stay tuned to local television and radio stations for information.