Tampa divisions merge to help drivers

A merge between Tampa's Stormwater and Transportation divisions was made to make addressing road issues easier for drivers... but the question is whether this union means a big fix for waterworks problems and flooding.

The easy answer is "no".

Mayor Bob Buckhorn says that a full overhaul of Tampa's aging waterworks is out of the question; those issues will continue to be dealt with on an as-needed basis, but bringing together Stormwater and Transportation will still save you a few headaches.

Mayor Buckhorn says currently roadwork could be done on the same stretch of road or at the same intersection by transportation one month and stormwater the following month. This merge will improve communication and keep those kinds of issues from happening.

When it comes to flooding, the city's topography presents an unsolvable problem. Much of Tampa is only slightly above sea level, which means effective drainage in some areas -- including parts of Downtown and South Tampa -- is virtually impossible, especially in cases of heavy rain and mid to high level winds. Flooding is inevitable, but the benefit to you of having transportation and stormwater in direct communication is faster response time when streets do flood and hopefully less time to alleviate the problem.

So the next time Tampa's most scenic waterfront route floods or neighbors notice a rash of speeders on their street, there will be one number to call and a full call center to field those calls. As soon as that number is released, it will be posted here.

The current number to report issues is 813-274-3101. You will be directed to the proper department to report your issue.

You can also email your road problems to the 10 News Road Warrior at roadwarrior@wtsp.com.


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