Residents caught between storm water, high tide

Credit: Greg Graham

Saint Petersburg, FL (WFLA) – Residents of the Shore Acres neighborhood in northeast St. Petersburg still have flooded streets in some areas due to the heavy rainfall Saturday and the high tide that’s keeping storm water from draining into Tampa Bay.

Flooding near Shore Acres“We just hope it drains out so we don’t have some of the problems river people have,” said homeowner Bob Radke.” We have enough water to flow out if it doesn’t come down heavy for a long period of time.”

St. Petersburg firefighters tell Eight on Your Side that Saturday’s flooding was confined mostly to the streets and yards. “A lot of street flooding yesterday,” said Lt. Dan Robinson. “It came up probably halfway onto driveways out here but I didn’t hear any reports of anybody having any home flooding out here.”

Robinson was keeping watch on the high tide that rolled in Sunday evening and started cresting over seawalls and into some roadways. Shore Acres is actually lower than sea level sometimes and there are special floodgates designed to keep tidal flow from flooding the neighborhoods. But of the tide is high enough that means storm water can’t flow out either.

Pinellas County road workers shut down a lane of Seminole Blvd on 94th Ave due to a sewer backup. Workers had to close the lane to allow for pumping of the sewer line in that area that was threatening to overflow because of all the rainfall.

Clearwater didn’t have any flooding problems, according to city spokeswoman Joelle Castelli.Flooding in Shore Acres community

Pinellas County Spokeswoman Mary Burrell said high water that flooded some streets in the East Lake area of Tarpon Woods area was receding as the water level on Brooker Creek began to fall.

Tarpon Springs police reported everything clear Sunday, but with the Anclote River rising they were keeping watch on that as a possible trouble spot if more rains continue to make the river swell past its banks.

As some Pinellas homeowners ventured outside to walk their dogs and baby strollers under threatening skies Sunday some had the same question on their minds as everyone else in the Tampa Bay area. When is it going to end?

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