Saturday, February 17, 2018
Tampa Bay Weather

Emily rainwater runoff leads to some minor flooding

With Tropical Storm Emily dumping inches of water onto the Tampa Bay area Sunday night and Monday, some local rivers are feeling the strain from rainwater runoff.

The Alafia River rose above its 13-foot banks in Lithia on Tuesday morning to enter minor flood stage, according to the National Weather Service. The river height was set to peak at 13.9 feet early Wednesday.

In minor flood stage, River Drive and Squirrel Run Way downstream of State Road 640 should be completely covered with water, and one home will begin to flood, the weather service said.

The river shouldn't hit moderate flood stage, which is at 16 feet, the weather service data shows. It should return to below flood stage by Friday.

The Little Manatee River in Wimauma was below flood stage, which is 11 feet, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday but was set to enter minor flood stage later that night, the weather service data shows. The river is set to peak at 12.2 feet, but it shouldn't have a noticeable effect on residents. Not until 13 feet does the canoe rental area flood, and houses don't begin to take on water until 14.5 feet.

The Hillsborough River near Zephyrhills was set to enter action stage by reaching a height of 8.2 feet by Tuesday night, but should come up short of reaching flood stage. Some nearby state park activity could be limited if the waters exceed 8 feet, the weather service said, but levels should drop below that by early Thursday.

None of the other local rivers, including the Withlacoochee and the Anclote, were expected to approach flood stage.

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