How to get the county to clear storm drains on your street to help prevent flooding

Posted at 5:17 PM, Jun 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-06 17:17:37-04

A long-term Hillsborough County Public Works employee climbed into a storm drain Tuesday morning only to find part of what was clogging up the system: debris, roller skates and even an empty glass bottle. 

The county has teams across the area working to clear out storm drains every day, but with two to four inches of rain expected through tomorrow, they knew they were up against Mother Nature.

The crew, parked their vaccuum-suctioned truck off Carnation Drive in Hillsborough County where they sucked up all the debris that was clogging the storm drain.

David Rosenfield, stepped outside his front door to see the crews working as fast as they could ahead of the storm.

"It floods the first rainfall," he said. 

Rosenfield said he recently called the county ahead of the storm because of the flooding that happens on his residential street. 

The county routinely maintains the storm and sewer drains, but public input helps direct crews to areas in need of clearing.

To request storm drain maintenance, click here.

You can also report flooding in your area by clicking here.