Eta floods Davis Islands, South Tampa roads

Victoria Ruble has lived on Davis Islands for 40 years and walks the trail near Peter O. Knight Airport nearly every morning. But she’s never seen it look like it did Thursday morning. 

A debris field of trash, plastic and more, left behind as Hurricane-turned-Tropical-Storm Eta flooded the streets of Davis Islands during last night’s high tide. Ruble stuck around to pick it all up. And she says, she’s still got a long way to go.

“I’ll be out here for hours probably. I’m hoping someone will stop and help me,” she said.

And it’s not just Davis Islands, Bayshore Blvd. and beyond, woke up bad flooding this Thursday.

Residents in one South Tampa neighborhood spent the afternoon cleaning up tree debris, but say the biggest issue, has been flooding.

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“By about 10:45 p.m. it was pretty clear that there was going to be water everywhere,” said reside Aaron Herbst.
Herbst just bought this home four months ago, which backs up into a canal off Old Tampa Bay.

The water in the garage, was halfway up his car tire. Inside, it was the same story.

“It’s just a lot of water, you know, the carpets are wet. But the walls are okay,” he said. “The carpet has got to go, I’m going to have concrete floors now which is pretty cool. But yeah, it just needs to be cleaned up. Luckily it’s an older house so everything is block or concrete. So it’s easy to take care of, it just has to be done quickly.”

Just next door, another flooded garage. The homeowner is out of town, and friends say the biggest casualty was the electric car parked inside, which is now ruined.


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