City of Tampa Storm Update - Tampa Florida - June 5, 2013

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The City of Tampa is preparing for a severe storm with the potential for heavy rainfall and encourages residents to anticipate flooding, which may result in road closures and traffic detours. To report any flooding, residents should call (813) 274-3101.

In preparation, the City of Tampa requests that residents with a storm drain on their property check to ensure that the drain is clear of debris such as leaves and trash.

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Updates will be shared on social media via Facebook on the City of Tampa Government and Tampa Police Department pages, and via twitter @cityoftampa and @tampapd.

Residents are also encouraged to stay tuned to local television and radio stations for information.


The City of Tampa will make sandbags available to city residents at three locations starting today, June 5, 2013. Residents may pick-up sandbags at the following locations:
  • Himes Sports Complex, 4500 South Himes Avenue
  • Jackson Heights Playground, 3310 E. Lake Avenue
  • City of Tampa Solid Waste at 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.

Sandbags will be available today until 6 p.m. and tomorrow, June 6, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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, or if the road is stable.
  • It is best to avoid driving unless necessary.
  • Do not wade in flooded waters.
  • 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.
  • If you are using a generator -- be sure to keep it outside in the open. Never use a generator indoors or in your garage; it gives off toxic fumes.