City of Tampa - Storm Update (August 2nd at 11:23 a.m.)

08/06/15

Rain is expected to continue throughout the day. 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.
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
Sandbags are available to city residents today, August 2, 2015 until 4 p.m.  Residents may pick-up sandbags at the following locations:
Bobby Hicks Pool, 4201 W. Mango Avenue ***New Location Jackson Heights 
Playground, 3310 E. Lake Avenue City of Tampa Solid Waste, 4010 W. 
Spruce Street
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
High tide for the area will occur at approximately 3 p.m. which will impact drainage. 
Flooding continues to create challenges with road closures and traffic detours. Areas of concern continue to be Bayshore, Davis Islands, South Tampa, and Westshore. Sections of Kennedy Boulevard/SR 60, Gandy Boulevard, Westshore Boulevard, Bayshore Boulevard, and Swann Avenue continue to be particularly impacted. 
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 http://www.tampagov.net/appl_customer_service_center/
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.
Stay up-to-date
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Residents are also encouraged to stay tuned to local television and radio stations for information.
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