District Delayed Activation of Tampa Bypass Canal System

News Release

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) anticipated activating the Tampa Bypass Canal system Monday night in response to heavy rains in the Tampa Bay area from Hurricane Hermine, however, the Hillsborough River has not reached an elevation of 25 feet above sea level, which triggers the Army Corps of Engineers activation level of the Lower Hillsborough Flood Detention (LHFDA) area.

The Hillsborough River remains closed to boat traffic, east of the I-75 overpass, however flow has not been diverted at this time.

If and when the river reaches an elevation of 25 feet, the District will redirect the entire flow of the Hillsborough River away from the City of Temple Terrace and City of Tampa into the LHFDA, which will alleviate flooding from the Hillsborough River in Temple Terrace and the City of Tampa. Staff will close the S-155 structure, located north of Morris Bridge Road and east of I-75 which can be seen from I-75 as you cross the Hillsborough River. If the LHFDA is activated, the Trout Creek Park and Nature's Classroom will be closed.