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More than 100 million gallons of wastewater flowed onto St. Petersburg's streets and into Tampa Bay when Tropical Storms Colin and Hermine hit last year. The city is proposing drilling six new injection wells to make sure that doesn't happen again. 

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency opened a Disaster Recovery Center this weekend in Pasco County to help residents affected by Hurricane Hermine.

A coalition of environmental groups is threatening to sue the city of St. Petersburg over a sewage spill.


St. Petersburg has a plan to minimize sewage spills during major rain events and the Department of Environmental Protection wants to ensure it follows through.

Latvala, Pinellas Delegation To Huddle About Tampa Bay Sewage Spill

Sep 12, 2016

Incoming Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala has called a special meeting of the Pinellas County legislative delegation for Sept. 20 to discuss the “catastrophic” release of millions of gallons of untreated sewage into Tampa Bay.

Hurricane Hermine narrowly missed hitting Florida on primary election day, making landfall three days after polls had closed. But what happens when elections take a rain check?

Screenshot from Pasco County TV.

Pasco County has identified about $89 million in damages from Hurricane Hermine, making this one of the costliest disasters in Pasco County.

During the time of a disaster, the state usually sees a spike in charitable giving. But, Florida officials are asking people to be mindful of charity-related scams, in the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine. 

District to Activate Tampa Bypass Canal System Tonight

Sep 6, 2016
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The Southwest Florida Management District is activating the Tampa Bypass Canal System to prevent local flooding.

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Some neighborhoods near the Anclote River in Pasco County are flooding.

Because of high tide, Hurricane Hermine and a strong thunderstorm on Saturday, the Anclote River crested Sunday at 25.08 feet, officials said, and is forecast to slowly recede out of major flood stage by 8 a.m. Monday. The Anclote area remains under a flood warning.

Hurricane Hermine was downgraded to a tropical storm as it moved across Florida downing trees and flooding roads up and down the coast. Some local schools and government offices will remain closed Friday due to the heavy rain and winds blanketing the region. Others, in areas less threatened by the storm, have reopened.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has ordered government offices in 37 counties, including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus, to remain closed Friday.

Winds averaging 45 MPH have forced the closure of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Gusts around 56 MPH have also been measured.

Forecasters say Hurricane Hermine made landfall in the Big Bend just east of St. Marks, bringing 80 mph winds and heavy rains before being downgraded to a tropical storm as it moves across the Panhandle.

It’s the first hurricane to hit the Sunshine State in more than a decade.

Hermine Becomes Category 1 Hurricane

Sep 1, 2016

The National Hurricane Center says Hermine has strengthened to a hurricane, with maximum sustained winds increasing to near 75 mph.

Hermine's upgrade from tropical storm makes it the fourth hurricane of 2016 in the Atlantic basin.

It's expected to make landfall along Florida's Gulf coast around 2 a.m. Friday, Gov. Rick Scott said. 

Hillsborugh and Pinellas Counties are under a tornado watch through 11 p.m. as the hurricane approaches land in the Big Bend.