The Sunshine Skyway bridge and Howard Frankland Bridge were back open on Thursday morning after closures caused by Tropical Storm Eta, and eastbound lanes of the Courtney Campbell Causeway reopened Thursday afternoon after what the City of Clearwater said in a press release was “a massive cleanup.”
Hours of storm surge crashing over seawalls and into roadways overnight left the two outside, eastbound lanes of the Howard Frankland and all eastbound lanes of the Courtney Campbell closed. The Gandy Bridge remained open through the night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
More than 10 roads in Tampa that were impassable earlier Thursday morning had been cleared by 11 a.m., said city of Tampa spokeswoman Ashley Bauman. Those included parts of Bayshore Boulevard, Bay to Bay Boulevard, Gandy Boulevard, Westshore Boulevard, Cypress Street and the Davis Islands Bridge.
Some smaller roads in the region, which saw heavy winds and rain from Wednesday evening through the morning, were still shut down as of 10 a.m.
In Pinellas County, parts of Gulf Boulevard, which lines St. Petersburg area beaches, were closed early Thursday and stayed closed as the morning went on, the county reported. The worst flooding was near Madeira Beach, Treasure Island, St. Pete Beach and Pass-a-Grille.
Roads that had been closed in South Pasadena were back open by 11 a.m. Part of 30th Avenue in Gulfport was still closed. In Kenneth City, several downed trees had been cleared, though a downed power line kept part of 61st Street closed. Farther north, in Safety Harbor, part of Bayshore Boulevard was still closed due to flooding.
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