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)