Strong Storms Cause Flooding in Tampa

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“Columbus Drive at 40th to I-4 is closed,” Ric Charles in Tampa tweeted and shot this photo of flooded East Columbus Drive today. Below a photo tweeted by Laura Harris, WFTS-TV of police car taking on water.CHKwroZUkAAs-1y

Updated Thursday, June 11, 2015 —-Flooded areas of Tampa are drying out this morning. Some areas along Bayshore Boulevard have mulch and debris clogging up the city’s storm drains.  The storms hammered especially South Tampa and caused water to rush into homes and strand drivers on the road Wednesday afternoon. Meteorologists reported more than 6 inches of rain in some parts of the Tampa Bay area on June 10, 2015. Here are Twitter photos from WTSP-TV and Ch. 10 viewers. Bayshore Boulevard became a lake and a Davis Island man went fly-fishing.  Even a few catfish washed up on driveways.

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Tampa Police tweeted they received 911 calls from people trapped in flooded streets. Stranded drivers were seen along Bayshore Boulevard in south Tampa.  Drivers also should avoid flooded Henderson and S. Dale Mabry. Police remind drivers to use caution and don’t drive into flooded streets during the evening commute and tonight. Police tweeted to avoid Bay Shore Boulevard between Interbay and downtown due to flooding.  The downpours started earlier today and forecasters expect more rain tonight in the Tampa Bay area.

Source: Tampa on Wire Twitter, Tampa Police Department Twitter, TBA news media

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