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Excessive flooding and climate change spur stormwater talks in Tampa listen

06/05/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: NOAA, stormwater, flooding, climate change, Tampa City Council, SWFWMD


Tampa city council is taking a tough look at how to improve stormwater drainage. The move comes after heavy rainfall last month left people in parts of north Tampa stranded on flooded roads. One woman, Ingrid Smith, urged council to take immediate steps to improve.

“If you were trying to go North/South and you were between I-275 and Hillsborough River, you could not pass. Florida Avenue became totally impassable unless you had a big rig. Central Avenue became impassable. So did Highland ...

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Gov. Scott declares State of Emergency in 26 northwest Florida counties because of rains listen

04/30/14 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: storms, flooding, Florida Panhandle, Rick Scott

The Florida Panhandle and Alabama Gulf Coast are being hit with widespread flooding, the latest blow from a dayslong chain of severe weather across the South and Midwest.

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Wednesday over 26 counties.

Over the past four days, storms hit especially hard in places such as Arkansas' northern Little Rock suburbs and the Mississippi cities of Louisville and Tupelo.

At least 37 deaths have been reported.

"We have had severe weathe...

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Lighting, safety on Hillsborough Commission agenda listen

09/04/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners met today in Tampa and covered a range of issues including park lighting, road safety in front of Plant High School, affordable housing, street flooding, the Confederate flag, and the county’s animal shelter.

Commissioner Jim Norman pressed his fellow board members and county staff to fix an ordinance that makes it difficult to get approval for construction of lights at sports fields and parks.

“Our parks have been put on hold for month...

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