Tampa took a pounding from Mother Nature yesterday, with portions of the city getting five inches of rain or more from a tropical wave. Here in Pinellas Park we took a couple of inches of rain, but nothing as eye-opening as what happened ten miles to the east or so.
There are parts of Tampa that can’t take all of that rain when it comes so quickly. Bayshore Boulevard, which is a road that twists around the west side of Hillsborough Bay, is one such road. Dale Mabry Boulevard, a main north-south thoroughfare, is another road that gets flooded frequently south of I-275 and Raymond James Stadium where the Buccaneers play.
It seems to me (and I could be wrong) that the powers that be over there have never tried to get something going in terms of preventing such flooding. But with the area elevation, there may not be anything that realistically can be done. If our area ever gets that big hurricane it hasn’t gotten in over 90 years, definitely avoid the area. In fact, most of the Tampa Bay area would be underwater if a hurricane like Katrina came here.
Happier thoughts tomorrow…