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Flooding relief projects coming to several Tampa neighborhoods in 2019

Seminole Heights, South Tampa and Broadway Ave.
Posted: 4:36 AM, Nov 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-29 11:00:04Z

The City of Tampa is working to provide flooding relief to three main areas as soon as 2019.

Broadway and 56th Street

The section of Broadway Avenue near 56th Street in Tampa deals with frequent flooding resulting from a combination of undersized piping systems and failing ditches, according to city leaders.

Now, city officials are moving forward with a $2 million project consisting of a new stormwater pond.

It will provide water quality treatment and attenuation for the area, and the relocation, replacement and upsizing of pipes and ditches, city leaders said.

South Tampa | Cypress Street Outfall Extension

A drainage basin is to blame for several flooding issues in the South Tampa area. 

The basin is bounded by Cypress Street on the north, Habana Avenue on the west, Hyde Park Ave. on the east and Swann Ave. on the south. It flows into the Hillsborough Bay.

However, several areas within the northern part of the basin, which is north of Kennedy Boulevard, have experienced a lot of flooding problems, according to city leaders. This has led to flood damage claims.

Now, city leaders are moving forward with the construction of a new culvert that starts where Cass St. and North Boulevard meet to Rome Avenue. 

Another culvert will connect at Case and Rome Avenue and run south toward Kennedy Blvd. 

The last leg will connect at Rome and W. Gray St. and extend west to N. Tampania Ave., providing flooding relief to that entire area, city leaders said.

Construction is set to start on the $30 million project in March 2019.

Southeast Seminole Heights

Southeast Seminole Heights has a lot of flooding issues because of failing drainage systems throughout the area around the Southeast Seminole Heights Basin.

City leaders recently finished a study that found stormwater improvements could make things a lot easier for drivers and people who live in that neighborhood. 

The City of Tampa hasn’t determined yet exactly where the drainage improvements will go but are planning for the design and construction phase of this to start in 2019 and finish sometime in 2023.