Water-Related News

The natural fate of 8 parks: flooded

Cyclists zip through the forests. Fishermen lean over the boardwalks. Picnickers gather under the shelters. As all of this happens at eight Hillsborough County parks near New Tampa, few realize what also could occur. These parks could fill 10 feet deep with floodwaters. After torrential, hurricane-caliber rains, they will take the river's overflow, sparing Tampa Palms, Temple Terrace and Tampa downstream. "All of those parks are designed to be under water," said Mike Holtkamp, operations director for the Southwest Florida Water Management District, which owns the land. When they flood, it won't be an accident.

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