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Snell Isle and Shore Acres face flooding from rain

A school bus and three cars drive down the flooded Snell Isle Boulevard on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 in St. Petersburg.  ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times
A school bus and three cars drive down the flooded Snell Isle Boulevard on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 in St. Petersburg. ALLIE GOULDING | Times
Published Aug. 13, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG — After 3 to 4 inches of rain in the past week, several Snell Isle roads were deeply flooded Tuesday afternoon around high tide.

With the area prone to flooding, rain in recent weeks didn't make things better, said Andrew McKaughan, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. So when 1 to 2 inches of rain came Tuesday around noon, just before high tide at 1 p.m., a lot of it stayed on the streets.

"We've had so much rain in the last week or two that the ground is pretty saturated so it can't take quite as much rainfall as it probably could," McKaughan said.

Some areas in southern Pinellas County have gotten as much as 5 inches of rain in the past seven days, he said. Other areas in Hillsborough County have gotten as much as 8 inches, McKaughan said. On Aug. 2, areas of St. Petersburg got nearly 4 inches of rain in one hour, which flooded the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club's valet parking garage, just over a mile from Snell Isle.

The flooding on Tuesday, fueled partly by high tides and past rain, was more than normal and wasn't expected, said St. Petersburg motorcycle officer Robert Peters. Snell Isle Boulevard NE near Nina Street and Appian Way was flooded more than a foot, he noted.

The road was blocked off with a detour sign Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Surrounding areas got hit hard, too. Around 1:30 p.m., Brightwaters Boulevard NE just off Snell Isle Boulevard NE was deeply flooded. Cars were hesitant to drive through the floodwaters.

Even more flooded was the main drag in Snell Isle — Snell Isle Boulevard NE near the C. Perry Snell Memorial. Cars driving on the road near the roundabout left sizeable wakes. Nearby, the Vinoy Golf Club's gate had water pooled heavily beneath it.

Areas of nearby Shore Acres got hit hard, too. The intersection of Shore Acres Boulevard NE and Huntington Street NE was entirely wet around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, as was Chancellor Street NE near Massachusetts Avenue and Helena Street NE.

"Anytime we've had persistent rain, some areas are more vulnerable than others," McKaughan said.

Contact Ben Leonard at bleonard@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8421. Follow @Ben___Leonard.

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