Hurricane Preparation and Flooding

The City of Tampa is known for its beautiful waterways, from the Hillsborough River to Ballast Point.  Unfortunately, this proximity to water could also be a major problem in the event of a major storm event as tidal surge can delay stormwater runoff.  Heavy rains triggered by seasonal tropical storms are not only a threat to coastal areas, but also to areas hundreds of miles inland as well.

Each year, from June 1st through November 30th, an average of six hurricanes form in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea combined. Hurricanes are one of nature's most powerful forces that turn warm ocean water into powerful winds capable of mass destruction and can generate intense, overwhelming amounts of rainfall.  Tidal influence and storm surge are two key elements in low lying flood plain areas, for which no solution is available other than allowing time for the tides to recede.  In some cases, flooding can occur days after a tropical storm goes ashore.

You can take an active role in protecting your property from minor flood damage prior to seasonal storms. The method you choose depends on your particular situation.