Bypass canal for
flood control still
--ft .- ,. ,
needs comply etion
By JOHN SIMSEN :
Times Staff Writer
i e of Tampa's old-timers
calln it the Little Hillsborough
River, a natural tributary that used
to drain the lower reaches of its bet-
Then the floods came. Heavy
rains deluged the county in 1959, fol-
lowed by more flooding and Hurri-
Scane Donna in 1960. The Hills; .
borough River overflowed, causing extra flood protection for Tampa
damage in excess of $150 million: was completed.
d ay 'i n Unfortunately, the northern por-,
Today, the river's tiny tributary tions of the bypass are still under r
near Temple Terrace is called the construction and officials say rest
d deeper and construction, and officials say resq-:
Harney Canal wider, deeper, and dents of north Temple Terrace willU.
straighter than it ever was, able to have to wait at least two more years '
drain millions of gallons of water before they are completed.
into completed sections of the Many homes in Temple Terrace
Tampa Bypass Canal. were threatened by flooding before
B ilt b the Southwet Florida the Hillsborough River peaked and
Wa^ Management : istrict subsided last weik. Some residents"
( MD) and the Army Corps of complained that this 14-mile, $74
Engineers, the Harney Canal was million ditch wasn't doing them i,
completed in December 1978. At the much good.
ribbon cutting, the floodgates were It will help, however, when it's
opened briefly to show how they finished, and SWFWMD Executivel ..'-
worked, diverting water to the by. Director Don Feaster said residents Flooded s i
pass and southward into McKay Bay. must understand that the opening of S '
SIt was pomp but- expected for th Harney Canal did not signal an Recent b fooding ha
SWFWMD, the Corps and selected end to their flooding problems. They
dignitaries. After all, it was 18 yearsik tion of this spillway,
after Hurricane Donna before this. See BYPASS, page 2-A .; i upper portions of
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Rive with the Tampa Bypass ana. averting water from the river into
The spillway channel will protect homes McKay Bay.:
in Temple Terrace from flooding by dl-, ; '.
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Highsaid Io iT lsboro
11v ardy e's a
.Paey sunny es toay.
Ifghs' will be ein 'high 80s
.and lows in the low 70s. Thdre
will be a 40 percent chance of
afternoon rain. Winds will be
S8947 .. WINTER
ugh, Polk and Pine
lightt change of
near 90 while the
In the high 60s.
ick, N.C., hams
I North Carolina
kicked the crown.
;ed a 6-foot kick
won a $5,000 woi
So flooded w
d led. -
.A levee north
ad is "totally flo
nitely will slow do
eee will direct
low-lying areas to
Sbe drained spo
s canal, it.ho
I y then, it hou
'taken their toll. ta protection,",Fe. d. -
SS eare In addition the i"r gor-
Sore theipropriation mittees ris Bridge Roadl. n
S et the'money we needed from o rl strucre ust lt o of
g r eo s s F e a s t e r s d F l e e r A v e n u e ~ t h e "c a n a l
; problems caused et ggng is coiete, the ees will
ad ec meclinic fl ns. be tied together e thess
"War "-d nee quyri b
cutt fror 7 lisllid arn t 00
.., tbgh bii feet" tq 'uAt
.. i.. t back. At times ked r the Hll sro ver ast
i 'ednes.a myor the ,C11 hdk. City-opae. d ;d ral 1
f Skies with a | County Comm e e their 3,000 cubilc eeft rcod.
scattered at- resswith lettr ut if hedv raifall oWiirs after"
Highs will be A slow-to-act Congress wasn't the entire bypass is finished, the
lows will be only problem. Environmentalists di Morris Bridge Road levee will be
claimed it for killing wildlife in ,i closed, effectively shutting off flow
Palm River, which was widened to the southern reaches of the Hills-
Sdeepened to beconijipart of the borough River.
Pass near the ouall into M Water will then. be 'rained
S Bay. a .t-. V'l through the bypass at the rate of 26,-
And East Hillsborough reside 700 cubic feet per second. The river
argued that it was lowering te won't dry up, however, since it is fed
water table by cutting into the by Cypress Creek below the Morris
ridanaquifer. Bridgelevee. -,
SThere were ties when no This probably will be the last
knew if the bypass would ever major drainage project Hillsborough
completed. ;. j County willneed, Feaster said. The
SLately, the delays are the rm bypass is being used as an example
of Hillsborough County's rainy u '"rto other counties to show the impor-
mer. Some sections of the proje tance of floodplain zoning, he added.
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