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Some South Tampa homeowners in hotels as stormwater improvement project moves ahead

It's designed to alleviate flooding at Henderson and South Dale Mabry
Posted at 2:39 PM, Feb 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-08 19:01:52-05

TAMPA, Fla. — A massive stormwater improvement project is underway in South Tampa.

"Flooding is obviously a huge issue in South Tampa. Huge issue. We've been here 20 years and it's definitely not getting better,” said resident Tray Williams.

In 2016, the City of Tampa approved an assessment to alleviate flooding problem spots in Tampa.

Now the actual construction work is taking place.

"It's designed to alleviate flooding on Estrella and, ultimately, it will tie into a DOT project on Dale Mabry and it should solve the Henderson flooding,” said John Zemina, VP Kimmins Contracting Group.

The Upper Peninsula project is designed to alleviate flooding from Estrella Street and South Westshore Boulevard, all the way to Manhattan Avenue then to Dale Mabry Highway. The project cost is around $37 million dollars and will include road detours and significant shutdowns.

Right now Estrella Street is closed to all but local traffic and some homeowners are staying in hotels while 24 hour construction continues.

"It's been a little bit of an inconvenience but it's for the greater good,” said Williams.