Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Summertime deluges, flooding brought back memories of Debby

In June, just days after the start of the 2013 hurricane season, Hernando County had a brush with the first named storm of the season, Tropical Storm Andrea.

The storm, which made landfall north of Hernando County, brought gusty winds and steady downpours. Though it dampened the area, shutting down coastal parks and benching the Weeki Wachee mermaids, there was no widespread damage

As it turned out, it was a precursor to a couple of bouts of heavy summertime rains — reminders of Tropical Storm Debby in 2012, which flooded neighborhoods, opened sinkholes and closed roadways.

Late one August afternoon, a thunderstorm hovered over central Hernando and Pasco counties for a couple of hours, dumping several inches of rain. The rain came so fast that retention ponds overflowed. Low areas filled with water. Waves of water poured into stores surrounding the flooded intersection of Cortez Boulevard and Broad Street in Brooksville.

Some of the worst flooding damage happened in historically low areas on the city's south side, including the Greenbriar Villa Apartments off Cortez Boulevard, the Southway Villa Mobile Home Park off Barnett Road and at the Campers Holiday Travel Park south of town, off Culbreath Road.

A month later, some of the same residents were threatened again as 5 inches of rain were recorded during a 24-hour period.

With the data collected during those storms and updated flood map information, local officials have been working with state and federal agencies to create plans to fix recurring problems.

The work may include raising roadways and building new storm water retention ponds.

Although some of the work may be years away, the Florida Turnpike Authority is in the process of improving a drainage pond and raising the lanes at the northern terminus of the Suncoast Parkway. That stretch of road was under more than 5 feet of water and was closed for days after Debby.

Barbara Behrendt, Times staff writer

Summertime deluges, flooding brought back memories of Debby 12/27/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 27, 2013 6:49pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Lightning approaches decision time for Mikhail Sergachev

    Lightning Strikes

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mikhail Sergachev had dinner with his host family from juniors Monday.

    The Lightning has to decide, as early as this weekend whether Mikhail Sergachev will stick in the NHL or return to juniors for another season. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
  2. Tampa man charged in hit-and-run crash that killed bicyclist on I-4 exit ramp in Tampa

    Accidents

    TAMPA — A 44-year-old Tampa man was arrested and charged Wednesday in a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist earlier in the day.

    Christopher Jerimiah Cole, 44, of Tampa was driving this silver Mercedes on Wednesday when it struck a bicyclist on the exit ramp from eastbound Interstate 4 to southbound U.S. 301, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Cole kept driving, troopers said. The bicyclist, a 45-year-old Brandon man, died at the scene. His name was not immediately released because troopers were working to notify his family. [Florida Highway Patrol]
  3. Quarterbacks, head coach targeting Vernon Hargreaves; 'I'm not producing,' he says

    Bucs

    Eli Manning gathered his receivers together during the Giants' Week 4 game against the Bucs and informed them of the weakest link of the secondary he planned to target that afternoon.

    Quarterbacks this season have a 128.7 rating when targeting Vernon Hargreaves. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  4. Rick Baker's radio ad said Rick Kriseman missed NAACP event---but he didn't.

    Blogs

    A radio ad narrated by St. Petersburg civil rights activist Sevell Brown and paid for by a political-action committee supporting Rick Baker asserts that Mayor Rick Kriseman "couldn't be bothered to show up" for a recent NAACP event.

    Rick Kriseman didn't skip recent NAACP event, but Rick Baker radio ad claims he did
  5. Demolition begins on wing of Channelside Bay Plaza, making way for Water Street Tampa (w/video)

    Business

    TAMPA — The original developers of Channelside Bay Plaza at first wanted the name of the complex to include the word "Garrison." That would have fit, because the center turned out to be fort-like, inwardly focused and unwelcoming.

    A pedestrian bridge in the southwest wing of Channelside Bay Plaza was demolished in Tampa on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. [Gabriella Angotti-Jones  | Times]