City of Tampa - Storm Update #4 (August 3rd at 4 p.m.)

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City of Tampa - Storm Update #4

There are no evacuations to report at this time.

Rain is expected to continue throughout the day today, Monday, August 3, 2015. The next high tide for the area will occur at approximately 5 p.m. which will impact drainage as motorists commute home this evening. Please allow for extra time and avoid driving unless necessary.

Residents should report all flooding issues 24/7 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, residents should expect an increased number of utilities cave ins. Please call to report any issue within the roadway at (813) 274-3101.

Solid Waste Collection Suspended

Residential and commercial solid waste pick up for today, Monday, August 3, 2015 has been suspended due to weather. Residents scheduled with pick today will receive service on the next regularly scheduled collection day, Thursday, August 6, 2015.  For questions or concerns, please call the Utilities Call Center at (813) 274-8811.


Wastewater pumping stations throughout the city continue to be 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 Until Midnight at All Locations

To date, more than 6,700 sandbags have been handed out. Residents are reminded that sandbags are reusable and encouraged to keep their sandbags after this storm dissipates for use within one year.

Sandbags will also be available tomorrow, Tuesday, August 4, 2015 from 8 a.m. until  4 p.m.  at three locations, which are as follows:  Bobby Hicks Pool (4201 W. Mango Avenue), Jackson Heights Playground (3310 E. Lake Avenue), and City of Tampa Solid Waste (4010 W. Spruce Street). Sand and bags are available at all locations.

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

Several major arterial roadways are currently closed. Those are as follows (alphabetically):

21st Av from 39th to 50th St flooded

22nd/Linebaugh flooded

30th St S of Fowler flooded

47th St from Shadowlawn to Giddens flooded

50th St from Distribution Dr to Adamo closed in both direction

Armenia Av and Herman St is flooded

Armenia Av N of Busch Bl is flooded

Columbus EB 19th St flooded

Columbus Dr between 40th St and 50th St is mostly covered by water

Davis Island access from Hyde Park only, cannot access from Bayshore due to flooding

Florida Av and Knollwood is nearly covered by water – use caution

Habana btwn St Isabel & Virginia large pot hole

Hanna Av and 26th St is covered by water

Hillsborough/Dale Mabry SB Ramp flooded

Himes Av at Tampa Bay Bl is flooded

Lake Av between 48th St and the 4600 blk is flooded (will likely stay flooded throughout the day)

Linebaugh Av from Nebraska to 22nd flooded

MLK Bl at Tampania Av is flooded on the south side of MLK

Nebraska north of Broad is down to one lane

Osborne Avenue up to Florida is surrounded by water and down to 1 lane

Rome Av and Cleveland St under water

Sligh Av at 12th St is flooded - HART on detour

Waters Av and Jones Av is underwater

West Shore Bl between Laurel St and Cypress St is flooded

Woodlawn Av between Poplar Av and Myrtle Av is mostly underwater

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.