TAMPA- All of the rain to our north is causing flooding in the Tampa area. Drivers have been dealing with flooded roads, and police have had to rescue stranded motorists.
The flooding also caused quite a headache for college students, moving out of dorms at USF.
As of 5:00 p.m., it was still raining, but the flood waters were beginning to subside. Cars easily moved along 30th Street.
"I was stuck for three hours in the water," said Barbara Jimenez, whose car got stuck at that location. "It's ridiculous. This road was like a river...."
Meanwhile, USF students had to move out of the dorms in the deluge.
Forecasts still show rain coming down at least through Saturday.
The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross opened a shelter at 6:00 p.m. at the Bible Based Fellowship Church of Temple Terrace, located at 8718 North 46th Street, for residents who have been evacuated from their homes or those who may have lost power will be provided with a safe place to stay, food and comfort.
The Red Cross recommends the following safety tips when flood waters threaten:
-Listen to area radio and television stations and a NOAA Weather Radio for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress or other critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS)
-Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
-Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
-If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
-Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
-Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.
For more safety tips and information on how you can prepare your family for emergencies, visit www.redcross.org