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Potholes continue to open up on road in Ruskin despite recent fixes

Posted at 4:12 PM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 18:14:41-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — A viewer reached out to our Driving Tampa Bay Forward tip line after rain continues to flood a road outside a Ruskin subdivision.

The water can sit for days and is causing pieces of the road to break off leaving large potholes off 21st Avenue Southeast.

ABC Action News was out there earlier this month, and found that a contractor was hired to fix the problem.

Neighbors tell us that a contractor tore up part of the area shortly after our story. However, the flooding from Thursday's large rain event shows the problem is still there.

Craig Heid said he's not sure if it's the road, or possibly a drainage problem nearby.

While our Driving Tampa Bay Forward crew was there -- they found the filled potholes were opening back up from the water.

A spokesperson for Hillsborough County says they usually have 90 pothole repair requests at any given time in the county.

They say that when there is five to six days of rain, the repairs don't always stay.

Heid said he's been going back and forth with the county for two, maybe three years, "trying to work through the gears of the government is a slow process."

Since the recent updates aren't enough, Heid wonders if the road needs to be repaved.

The county has a long list of roads that need to be repaved in Hillsborough County and 21st Avenue SE is not one of them. You can click here to see the full list.

If you see a pothole in Hillsborough County, you can report it here . You can also report it to the Public Works Department by calling (813) 635-5400 or emailing

ABC Action News reached out to the county about a better idea of what fixes were made, but we're waiting to hear back.

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