Flood waters mixed with produce after the Tampa Wholesale Farmers Market flooded Friday.
“The problem is all the debris goes to the drain and clogs the drain up and that’s when you get the flooding,” said MK Produce owner Dan Copeland.
Copeland rents out stands and spent hours Friday pulling pallets and boxes from drains.
“We’ve never seen it this bad before. It got all the way inside the building. We’ve got damage to our paperwork, our produce,” said Copeland.
Fruits and vegetables could be seen all along the intersection of 30th Street and Hillsborough Avenue.
“When the truck and the cars come, you know the waves, it’s like the ocean, the waves go into my store,” said stand owner Khai Truong, who spent Friday sweeping water out of his stand.
Meantime, owners tell us there has been flooding in the area before, but not recently after roadwork was completed in the area. Many stand renters and owners were caught off guard Friday.
“Its hard to get anybody to listen to me, but if we can just get a fence around these drains to keep the debris from getting in the drains, you won’t see a lot of this,” said Copeland.
The Tampa Wholesale Farmers Market anticipates they will be open by midnight Saturday.
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