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Hillsborough Co. installs pump stations in high-risk flood areas ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Posted at 12:00 AM, Aug 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-30 00:00:42-04

SEFFNER, Fla. -- Communities across the Tampa Bay area are bracing for the potential impacts of Hurricane Dorian.

Hillsborough County crews have recently installed two dozen temporary pump stations to help alleviate standing water in high-risk flood areas.

“With the amount of rain we’re supposed to get, it’s just not going to make a difference," said Dawn Danet, of Seffner.

Danet says flooding is a constant problem following a rainy day in the Shangri-La neighborhood.

ABC Action News spoke with several neighbors Thursday who worry their community will be underwater if Dorian hits Tampa Bay.

Many say new housing developments north of U.S. 92 are partly to blame for flooding issues.

“It takes six months for us to get it down out of our yards and then we just start the cycle all over again," said Danet.

A spokesperson with Hillsborough County tells ABC Action News, the neighborhood is a closed basin, meaning water does not naturally drain out of it.

"I think the county is doing what they can right now but I think it’s going to need more than what those pumps are going to do," said Ray Mason.