Tampa’s getting some momentum on its flooding problems

MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesStreet flooding is seen on S. Bayside Drive at high tide, resulting from Hurricane Michael on October 10, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. The storm made landfall in Mexico Beach, on the Florida panhandle earlier on Wednesday.
MONICA HERNDON | TimesStreet flooding is seen on S. Bayside Drive at high tide, resulting from Hurricane Michael on October 10, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. The storm made landfall in Mexico Beach, on the Florida panhandle earlier on Wednesday.
Published October 11
Updated October 11

Tampa isn't on dry ground yet (see Bayshore Boulevard or the Davis Islands ramp among many other trouble spots), but Mayor Bob Buckhorn is declaring a tidal shift in the city's long struggle with flooding.

Two years after a contentious City Council vote authorized a second stormwater fee funneling $251 million toward drainage improvements, city officials say flooded streets in South Tampa and elsewhere after a summer rainstorm are quickly fading.

A day after Hurricane Michael, stormwater officials added some meat on the bone Thursday to their anecdotal claims.

Here's a breakdown of improvements since Oct. 2016.

Outfalls inspected and maintained: 463

Outfall tonnage removed (tons):  606.2

Stormwater Pipe maintained (miles):  246.1

Stormwater Inlets maintained: 19,398

Stormwater Pipe & Inlet Tonnage Removed (tons): 1,986

Ditches maintained (miles): 52.2

Ditch material tonnage removed (tons): 42,908

Street sweeping maintained (curb miles): 49,135

Street sweeping tonnage removed (tons): 10,216

Pond trash removed (tons): 1,500.9

(Source: City of Tampa)

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