Residents work to clean up after storm

Tampa, Florida -- It's a hard, gritty job for City of Tampa workers Friday night who are busy cleaning out storm drains. It's busy for residents too who are cleaning out their homes.

"I walked inside the house and there was water everywhere, water in every single room," said homeowner Loretta Abernathy.

Abernathy's family worked hard all day, and they're still working tonight. They're not happy about it either saying the new pump station in their neighborhood didn't do what it was supposed to.

"I've been working for two hours cleaning, and were still working. We thought this problem was solved with the new pump station, apparently it's not," said resident Mike Hammend.

The frustration comes after a day deluge. Almost seven inches of rain fell in less than an hour, and the result was a massive headache. Water was four feet deep in some areas of Seminole Heights. That water seeped into homes, and sports cars sitting in the street didn't stand a chance.

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"I walked out and water was all the way up to my dashboard inside," said car owner Fox Santos.

Neighborhoods near Busch Gardens took the biggest hit. Cars stalled everywhere in the high water, and the only one enjoying it was a gator which took a swim in the streets.


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